Mears staff praised for £430,000 charity efforts

The staff of housing services provider Mears have been praised by a prominent leader in the Scottish asylum community after a year in which the company and staff helped fund goods and services worth more than £430,000 to a leading Scottish charity.

Published 24 December 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 case at Glasgow asylum accommodation

A COVID-19 case has been confirmed at the McLays Guest House in Glasgow.

Published 2 October 2020

Mears may house asylum seekers in Glasgow hotels ‘until end of year’

Hotels are likely to still be used for emergency accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow for at least another four months, according to reports.

Published 18 August 2020

England: Residents wins 60% rent reduction after council ends 'difficult relationship' with Mears

Hundreds of families in temporary accommodation in east London have had their rent reduced by around 60% after a four-year campaign against their corporate social landlord Mears.

Published 17 August 2020

Scottish Greens call for asylum housing to be taken out of private hands

Scottish Greens councillor Kim Long has launched a new campaign for asylum seeker housing to be operated by the local authority and the third sector.

Published 15 July 2020

Glasgow issues temporary pause on asylum seekers as humanitarian concerns deepen

No more asylum seekers will be sent to Glasgow as the local authority attempts to “ease the pressures” on the city after last month’s knife attack and mounting concerns about living conditions for people in hotels during lockdown

Published 7 July 2020

Report finds Mears had been fined for missing targets to find long-term accommodation for asylum seekers

Warnings about the adverse effect that placing asylum seekers in hotels and serviced apartments for long periods of time could have on their wellbeing were issued long before Mears moved hundreds of people from their homes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 6 July 2020

Mears in talks with housing associations over future accommodation for asylum seekers

A dozen housing associations in Glasgow are in talks with Mears for the future provision of accommodation for asylum seekers who were moved into hotels at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 25 June 2020

Mears hit by disposal of domiciliary care business

Housing services provider and maintenance group Mears has reported a pre-tax loss of £62 million in 2019 as it continues its exit from the domiciliary care business.

Published 28 May 2020

Mears moves 300 Glasgow asylum seekers into hotels where social distancing is ‘impossible’

Charities have reacted with alarm at reports that more than 300 men and women seeking asylum in Glasgow have been moved out of apartments and into hotels where they are worried that they can’t practice social distancing.

Published 23 April 2020

Charities issue plea to prevent COVID-19 evictions from UK asylum accommodation

A coalition of charities has called on Mears, Serco and the Home Office requesting an end to evictions from asylum accommodation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 March 2020

Terrie Alafat to head new independent scrutiny board at Mears

Housing and social care provider Mears Group has launched an independent scrutiny board to be chaired by former Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) CEO, Terrie Alafat.

Published 7 February 2020

Mears to deliver housing development for North Lanarkshire Council

Development specialist Mears New Homes has won a new contract with North Lanarkshire Council.

Published 28 November 2019

North Lanarkshire Council hosts tenants' conference events

Tenants and residents from across North Lanarkshire came together for North Lanarkshire Council's annual tenants' events earlier this month, held at Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw and Coatbridge High School.

Published 26 November 2019

Mears will not perform lock-change evictions for asylum seekers

Mears has promised that it will not subject Glasgow-based asylum seekers who are waiting to receive a decision on their right to stay in the UK to lock-change evictions.

Published 17 September 2019