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KENT CC COMPLAINS OF BEING LEFT IN THE DARK OVER CHILD ASYLUM-SEEKERS

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Kent CC claims it is not being told of the arrival of asylum-seekers from other local authorities, reports the Time...
Kent CC claims it is not being told of the arrival of asylum-seekers from other local authorities, reports the Times Educational Supplement (p6).

It follows the release of new figures that show more than 700 children of asylum-seekers who are living in the county are not receiving schooling.

Pam Gibson, county pupil services officer, said it was difficult to keep tabs on the children because they were not told when the families were being transferred to Kent by other councils or the Benefits Agency.

'If we can find them we will place them in schools,' she said.

According to Kent's figures, 334 children of asylum-seekers have been placed in county schools, while 724 are currently without a place.

Kent has written to London borough councils and neighbouring councils asking to be informed when asylum-seekers are transferred to the county.

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