Services for child asylum seekers


Community Care magazine has reported that local authorities appear to be cutting services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The public services trade union Unison has written to the UK Border Agency warning that cuts of up to 15% to local authority services will create a two-tier system of care, leaving asylum-seeking children worse off.

The union claimed that Solihull, one of the worst hit local authorities, stands to lose £1.2m (15%) of a grant which currently funds services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The cuts have allegedly led the council to amend care plans for asylum-seeking children, which could see those aged 16 and a half moved from care into independent accommodation.

In a statement in April the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) and UNISON said the Home Office had confirmed that cuts to services supporting asylum seekers were disproportionately greater than to other departmental areas, resulting in changes to the grant structure for UKBA-funded services.

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