G4S is the UK's biggest private security company, with its government contracts alone worth over £600 million. Responsible for security services, managing detention centres, prisons, and 675 court and police station holding cells, G4S have also just been granted the £100 million contract for providing 10,000 security guards for the upcoming olympics.

Whilst G4S still seem to be government favourites, their record is far from spotless. The firm lost their previous 'forcible deportation' contract last September after receiving 773 complaints of abuse – both verbal and physical. The final straw came with the death of Jimmy Mubenga in October 2010, an Angolan asylum seeker who died as a result of his forced deportation by G4S guards. Two of the guards are on bail facing criminal charges, whilst G4S is still waiting to hear whether they are to face corporate manslaughter charges.

Now, asylum seekers in Yorkshire and Humberside are expected to accept this multi-national, money-hungry, security company as their landlords.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

UPDATE: G4S confirm 'severed relationship' with UPM

G4S have confirmed that they will no longer be using United Property Management as their key property provider in Yorkshire and Humberside. A spokesperson for the company stated: 

“G4S has informed UPM that owing to contractual issues we will not be proceeding with them as a supplier of accommodation services under the COMPASS contract. These services will now be provided by Mantel, Live Management Group, Target and Cascade, all experienced suppliers of housing provision and pastoral care services,  whom we have already contracted.”

As always, UPM refused to comment on the issue, redirecting all enquiries to UKBA. It is understood that UPM have been banned from speaking to the press by the Home Office.

Further coverage of the 'severed relationship' can be found at 24-dash.

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