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G4S asylum seekers’ housing failure exposed

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Issue 2346

Multinational security firm G4S has admitted internally that it is failing to adequately house asylum seekers.

Last year it was one of the big winners in the £620 million government contract to privatise the housing of asylum seekers.

It then subcontracts the work to smaller companies.

Stephen Small, the G4S executive in charge of the contract, said in an email, “It has become increasingly evident over the past few months that a number of our Accommodation Partners are finding it difficult to manage aspects of this contract.”

These aspects include “their ability to address the high number of property defects” and “issues with pastoral care offered to Service Users”.

The email was leaked to the Open Democracy website.

He maintains that the company will keep the contract and the service is not falling apart. But one sub-contractor has already pulled out and two others are considering their position.

The firm, which had no previous experience of social housing, has been allowed to go ahead with housing asylum seekers despite its catastrophic performance at the Olympic Games last summer.


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