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HILLINGDON TAKES DfES TO COURT OVER ASYLUM CASH

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Hillingdon LBC has taken the Department for Education & Skills to court after it snubbed a demand to pay£5.3m for ...
Hillingdon LBC has taken the Department for Education & Skills to court after it snubbed a demand to pay£5.3m for young asylum seekers' welfare.

Some 250 offers face redundancy unless the council gets the money (LGC, 6 April).

The council has asked the high court for a rapid hearing, and is expected to argue that the DfES behaved unreasonably by retrospectively changing the rules.

The council remains responsible for asylum seekers continuing into higher education - as it would be for any orphan.

Leader Ray Puddifoot (Con) said: 'We were told this money would be available, and now they have changed the rules.

'I want a solution that sticks, not to have to come back to this every year.'

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