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ISLINGTON CONFUSION OVER ASYLUM-SEEKERS' EVICTIONS

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Islington LBC is taking legal action to evict asylum-seekers, even though it knows that the cases are unwinnable, a...
Islington LBC is taking legal action to evict asylum-seekers, even though it knows that the cases are unwinnable, according to the Highbury and Islington Express (p1).

Asylum-seekers have been taken to court for failure to pay rent but they have no income and have a legal right to food and shelter from the council.

A council spokeswoman said such families could not be evicted because of the council's legal duty to house them. She said the legal action had been taken because of a lack of communication between the housing department and social services.

She added: 'It is to be regretted that this has gone so far. The housing department wanted to balance its books and that was why the action was taken.'

'A new policy between social services and the housing department is being looked into to avoid this happening in the future.'
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