Asylum seekers across the region are making a stand for 'Dignity not Destitution' today with demonstrations in Bradford, Leeds, and Sheffield.
Campaigners say they aim to highlight the government policy of forced destitution which means that asylum seekers are unable to provide for themselves leaving them dependent upon charities and friends for housing, money and food. They are also unable to access education and some healthcare.
All asylum seekers in Leeds will remain properly accommodated throughout this process. We have worked closely with Leeds City Council to ensure that a number of asylum seekers are able to remain in council accommodation beyond 12 November. We reached this agreement prior to the end of the contract and the council will be paid as part of this agreement.”
G4S, the firm involved in the pre Olympic security shambles, is at the centre of a new row over where more than 160 ayslum seekers in Leeds will be rehoused.
Leeds Council has provided accommodation for asylum seekers since the 1990s, as part of a group of local authorities in the region.
Earlier this year G4S was awarded the contract to cover the Yorkshire and Humber region but according to one councillor there's still uncertainty over where more than 160 asylum seekers will be accommodated in the city.
We have spoken to Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Peter Gruen, about it.