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The councils will have to welcome asylum-seeking children because the national transfer program is made compulsory.

The previously voluntary regime change was introduced as a temporary measure to ease the pressure on the authorities on the south coast, who are facing an increased number of arrivals from across the Channel.

Kent CC is currently caring for 378 children, close to the level at which the authority refused to accept new arrivals earlier this year.

The new mandate will apply to the 217 boards responsible for children’s services, who will have two weeks to file a complaint with the Home Office if they are no longer willing to care for other children.

Today’s decision follows Home Secretary Priti Patel’s comments in the House of Commons yesterday that “the whole of the UK must step up and play its part”.

She claimed that 31 of the 32 local authorities in Scotland refused to participate in the dispersal program.

Ms Patel added that the Home Office had “done everything possible to provide local authorities with financial support and assistance, but some councils across the country are still saying no”.

Scottish Local Authorities Convention chairperson Cllr Alison Evison hit back at the “unwarranted accusations”.

Local Government Association President Cllr James Jamieson stressed that “the majority of councils came forward voluntarily,” adding: “Councils continue to face difficulties in finding suitable accommodation, with persistent problems regarding age assessment by the center and delays in decision making adding uncertainty for both boards and young people.

“These new arrangements must continue to quickly take into account existing pressures in local areas, with greater buy-in within government to improve engagement with the boards on all programs that help newcomers start new lives. UK.”


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