This week, there was shock when Serco announced plans to restart a lock-change programme at the homes of up to 300 people seeking asylum in Scotland. See our joint statement with key organisations across the sector, led by Scottish Refugee Council.
A timely link to this important report published by the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service Partnership (DASS) – Pillar to Post (PDF)
The report explores the severe impact of destitution on people’s ability to survive, access the support and services they need as well as pinpointing the high risk and the reality of suffering exploitation.
The research also sets out practical recommendation and the key interventions needed to mitigate and prevent this suffering, highlighting in particular that safe accommodation, appropriate to need, is pivotal to ensure safety. Only then can basic needs to be met, followed by key services to support each individual to make an informed choices about their future. The report highlights some key interventions to inform a practical-focused and model Scottish strategy against destitution.
The report was developed using a peer-researcher approach which involved the participation of people with lived experience. This enabled the researcher to reach people who are not in contact with any formal support, and also develop findings and recommendations which is truly reflective of people’s experience and daily struggles.
We would be very grateful if you can take time to look into this report and use it as an awareness and advocacy tool in your own work and networks.