Glasgow stabbings: Are UK Home Office policies causing extreme mental distress and behind the violence?

Asylum seekers moved into hotels without assessing individual vulnerabilities.

This prompted by Brenda Steele:

Yesterday’s horrific violence in a Glasgow hotel being used to house asylum seekers may well have its roots in the arrangements for asylum seekers whose claims have been refused by the UK Home Office.

See this in the Guardian, two days before the incident:

In a move condemned by campaigners, all financial support was withdrawn when asylum seekers were moved into hotels three months ago. A 30-year-old Syrian man was found dead in one of the hotels in May after outreach workers raised significant concerns about the spiralling mental distress of residents, who also complained about the quality of food provided, lack of information about future housing arrangements and no money to top up their phones to continue communication with lawyers, or buy extra food, hand sanitiser or period products for women.Asylum seekers were moved into hotels without formally assessing individual vulnerabilities.

The death of the Syrian man on 10th May seems likely to have been a warning of problems brewing:

CAMPAIGNERS have slammed the UK Government after a Syrian man was found dead in a Scottish hotel. The 30-year-old was amongst scores of asylum seekers placed in a private guest house by Home Office housing contractor Mears Group. Emergency services were called to the 81-bedroom McLays Hotel in Glasgow on Tuesday afternoon but were unable to save him. Police Scotland said his death is being treated as unexplained, and friends told The National that he had sought support for mental health struggles and had developed drug problems while in the UK asylum system.

BBC Scotland’s report, Glasgow stabbings: What we know, makes no mention of any of the above.

Last July, Glasgow’s SNP Council Leader warned:

I remain deeply concerned about the impact of lock changes and a UK government policy which both demands its contractors force people from their homes and simultaneously prevents local agencies from helping those facing destitution. We have, repeatedly, raised these concerns with the government and sought its support in averting the potential humanitarian crisis that will unfold if hundreds of people are made homeless on the streets of Glasgow with no right to even the most basic state assistance. Glasgow has benefited from immigration and its involvement in the dispersal program. However, these inhumane practices are against the express wishes and values not only of the council, but also the citizens and communities we serve.

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