Corbyn accuses private firms of profiting from the misery of asylum seekers

Jeremy Corbyn today accused private companies of profiting from the misery of asylum seekers.

The Labour leader spoke out after Serco announced a plan to change the locks on the homes of would be immigrations whose applications had been refused.

After meeting families facing eviction in Glasgow, he said Labour would end the “ugly and discredited” system of privatisation.

Hundreds of people could be locked out of their homes if Serco presses ahead with its plans to change the locks.

The company says it has been left to “pick up the bills” for asylum seekers who have had their applications overturned and their Home Office funding stopped.

Mr Corbyn said the treatment of the refugees was “appalling.”

“This is not how our country should treat people seeking help,” he said.

He added: “It is time for the Tories to end the failed privatisation agenda that is putting the public in danger.

“Time and again private profit is put ahead of the public interest. This has to end. Asylum seekers who have fled horrific conflict and violence, and have since made the UK their home, deserve our help and support, not persecution from profiteering private companies.

“Private firms have no business profiting from the detention of refugees and asylum seekers and we will end the ugly and discredited system of private firms running immigration detention centres."

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A Home Office spokesman said: “Asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute are provided with free, fully furnished accommodation while applications are considered. We also cover utility costs and provide a cash allowance to cover other essential living needs.

“Even if an asylum claim is failed, we will provide accommodation for those who would otherwise be destitute and who are temporarily unable to leave the UK because of a practical or legal obstacle.

“UK Visas and Immigration are working closely with partners in Glasgow including Cosla, Glasgow City Council and NGOs to ensure that the cases of failed asylum seekers are managed appropriately.”

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