Inside Housing reports that a charity for victims of torture reports that torture victims are being forced to live in substandard conditions, in government-funded homes which are “infested with vermin and bed bugs.”
(They had me at “bed bugs.”)
The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture has reported that problems include broken heating, homes infested with bugs and yards strewn with rubbish.
The charity based its claims on feedback from staff and clients at its four national centres. It said housing conditions often did not meet the UK Border Agency’s guidelines, issued to the private companies detailed with providing accommodation to asylum seekers.
A foundation spokesperson said that substandard housing conditions were a problem ‘for a significant number of our clients, who present at counselling sessions with housing issues as their main preoccupation’.
Read the rest from Inside Housing.