Glasgow stabbings: Asylum landlords no better than Serco before them?

Once more, a feeder who wants to remain anonymous shared this with us.

Readers may remember that before Mears had the contract for housing asylum seekers, it was held by the dread Serco. Last year, they were at the centre of a scandal after they proposed evicting vulnerable refugees, many the victims of torture or other threats to life, onto the streets of Glasgow.

The £1.15 billlion contract then went to Mears Group despite an investigation by Corporate Watch into their track record.

The full Corporate Watch report is a frankly awesome piece of investigative journalism. One section will be of particular interest:

In Scotland, Mears has a major contract with North Lanarskhire Council, worth an estimated £445 million over ten years, to maintain the council’s 36,500 council homes, as well as schools and public buildings.

The contract started in January 2011, as a “partnership deal” between the council and a company called Morrison Facilities Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglian Water. In 2012, Mears bought out Morrison and took over the deal. The joint venture is now called “Mears Scotland”, with Mears holding 67% of the stock and the council 33%.

The managing director is Willie Docherty, whose wife Sadie Docherty was Lord Provost of Glasgow between 2012 and 2017. Before joining Mears in 2012, Willie was head of Glasgow’s “arms length” company City Building, which was spun-off from the city council’s old building services department – and became embroiled in scandals over awarding contracts to several Labour Party donors.

There’s more but I plan a separate tribute to Scottish Labour with it.

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