London councils offer to take in more than 100 ‘desperately vulnerable’ refugee children
PUBLISHED: 12:15 24 October 2016
The captal’s local authorities are keen to help draw up a response to the refugee crisis
More than 100 ‘desperately vulnerable’ refugee children could settle in the capital after an offer made to the Home Office by the capital’s local authorities.
Claire Kober, chair of London Councils, wrote to home secretary Amber Rudd last week to offer help in settling children who are eligible to come to the UK under the Dubs Amendment.
Councillor Kober stressed the ‘pressing humanitarian challenge’ of the refugee crisis and added that London was keen to play a part in national efforts to draw up a response.
She also called on the Home Office to provide appropriate levels of funding and to make rapid improvements to the process of sharing information with councils who take children in.
“I’m proud that councils in London will take in 100 refugee children from Calais, should the home secretary respond positively,” councillor Kober said.
“We will work around the clock to give these desperately vulnerable children a safe home and the support they need to rebuild their lives.
“Now we urgently need assurances from government that they will give councils the funding they need to provide the necessary support in London.”
The Dubs Amendment was passed by parliament earlier this year to allow unaccompanied child migrants to be brought to the UK if they are considered to be at risk.
Some 3,000 children could eventually be allowed in to the UK under the legislation as demolition of the Calais refugee camps gets underway.
“I urge local authorities outside the capital to join us in offering homes to these unaccompanied refugee children who were guaranteed a home in the UK thanks to the work of Lord Dubs,” councillor Kober added.
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