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Children’s services costs blamed for financial plight
Leader slams government after council receives fraction of national funding to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children
Sajid Javid pledges further cash after settlement announcement
Islington LBC used technology to identify vulnerable families who may be entitled to help
The abrupt ending of the scheme to bring unaccompanied child refugees to the UK, made possible by the Dubs amendment to the Immigration Act, has caused widespread outrage.
Initiative to bring unaccompanied child refugees to the UK to close at end of March
Calls for government to fully meet costs
Councils are struggling to find suitable placements for unnaccompnaied asylum seeking chidlren and cover the costs of care following the sharp increase in numbers arriving from Calais, research has found.
A 1% increase in the number of children looked after by councils during 2015-16 was down to a rise in the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, new figures show.
Kent CC leader calls on government to ’push the button’ on mandatory scheme amid claims Home Office is failing to follow spirit of Dubs amendment
A Lords committee has highlighted a number of failings in how unaccompanied child refugees are treated in England, with the large regional variations in numbers being supported putting services under strain.
Community organisations can apply to sponsor the resettlement of Syrian refugees with approval the approval of councils, under a new government scheme.
David Cameron has said the government will talk to councils about accepting child migrants from Europe, signalling a climbdown ahead of a potential government defeat over the Immigration Bill.
A cross-party amendment to the Immigration Bill, which would have forced the government to accept 3,000 child refugees from mainland Europe, was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons last night.
The government has announced the introduction of a formal system for dispersing unaccompanied child migrants across the country, following the failure of funding incentives aimed at relieving the burden on Kent CC.
Just 11 councils have responded to a recent appeal to help Kent CC care for a huge influx of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, LGC has learned.