dispersal policy for asylum seekers will not be blocked by racist threats.
Speaking on BBC Radio Four's Today programme, Lord Rooker said asylum
is being considered, as they would migrate back to London and the south
But while dispersal will continue, 'we would not deliberately aggravate any
local conditions and where there are difficult situations, we would take a
However, he said, 'we will not pull out of areas simply because people say
it's an area where there could be racism'.
Kent CC leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart told Today that dispersal had been
effective in taking aylum seekers out of the south east, but the real
problem is the backlog of asylum apeals.
'We've been saying to government that it's an ineffective asylum system that
damages race relations', he said. 'It's too slow and must be speeded up'.
* see LGCnetfor 'KENT HAS 1,200 CHILD ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN CARE'