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More asylum seeking children to come to Bexley under London-wide plan

PUBLISHED: 12:54 02 November 2016

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children

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London Councils are set to take more than 100 youngsters in

Bexley is set to welcome four ‘desperately vulnerable’ children to the borough under a London-wide regufee support scheme.

Four refugee children have been offered places, one of which has been taken up.

The new additions will join the 33 asylum-seeking children currently cared for by Bexley council.

One of the youngsters is on a placement in the borough, until they can be reunited with their family elsewhere in the country.

London is set to take in more than 100 refugee children, if the Home Office responds positively to an offer from the capital’s local authorities.

The council has joined forces with other local authorities in the capital to support the move.

The move was supported by a letter sent to home secretary Amber Rudd.

“We urgently need assurances from government that they will give councils the funding they need to provide the necessary support” commented Claire Kober, chair of London Councils.

“We will work around the clock to give these desperately vulnerable children a safe home and the support they need to rebuild thier lives.”

A Bexley council spokesperson addded: “We believe that councils across the country should offer their help to respond to the current situation, because it would be wrong for the cost to fall only council tax payers in London.”

And the London Councils chair echoed Bexley’s concerns.

Mrs Kober added: “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.”

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