Councils to receive 'generous' funding under Afghan resettlement plan


Local authorities will receive £20,520 for every person they support under the Afghan resettlement plan, the Government has confirmed.

Kent County Council resumes admittance of lone child migrants


Kent CC announces that it will resume admitting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into its reception centres after it stopped earlier in the year.

Government called on to help councils resettle Afghan refugees


Afghan refugees have been placed in council areas without the local authorities being informed or given the necessary support, a refugee charity has warned.

Liverpool's thriving social ecosystem


Steve Rotheram outlines how the social trading sector is thriving in Liverpool due to its unique investment and development vehicle.

Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees


Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will receive £5m to help fund the resettlement of refugees who are fleeing the Taliban.

Khan pledges Afghan resettlement help


The Mayor of London has pledged funding to help councils resettle Afghan refugees.

Torbay council leader apologises for Afghan refugee comments


The leader of Torbay Council has apologised for suggesting that the council would be unable to take in any Afghan refugees because of the housing crisis.

Council chiefs ‘stand ready’ to support Afghan resettlement scheme


Local authority leaders have declared their readiness to work with the Government to help design a new scheme for resettling refugees from Afghanistan.

The key role local authorities play in the mental health of young migrants and refugees


Amy Spiller explains how accessing mental health support through their local authorities can have a transformative effect on young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Government tells councils to ‘do their bit’ for child asylum seekers


The Home Office has called on local authorities to do more to support vulnerable children seeking asylum in the UK.

Extending support for refugees could save millions, research finds


Helping new refugees for longer could help save the public purse millions of pounds every year, new research has revealed today.

Providing sanctuary for refugees


Neil Merrick finds out what councils across the country are doing to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees.

Helping young migrants settle in the UK


Amy Spiller explains how young people from migrant backgrounds are inspiring newcomers to the UK.

London boroughs warn refugee scheme ‘is not working’


The Government scheme for distributing refugee children throughout the country is not working, according to London Councils.

Javid commits to resettling 5,000 refugees next year


Sajid Javid has announced that the UK will resettle 5,000 more refugees under a new, expanded resettlement scheme that will come into force next year.

Government publishes guide on how to treat refugees


A framework giving advice on how to treat refugees and migrants has been produced by the Home Office.

Councils ‘lose confidence’ in system for housing asylum seekers


Inspection of housing for asylum seekers should be carried out by councils rather than civil servants, MPs have recommended.

Government acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dubs Amendment


The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the Government acted ‘unlawfully’ in not giving reasons to children refused entry to Britain under the Dubs Amendment.

Children from Calais refugee camp granted leave to stay in UK


The Government has announced a new form of leave for children transferred to the UK during the 2016 clearance of the Calais refugee camp.

Asylum seeker evictions will create 'humanitarian crisis’, Scottish politicians warn


Politicians are urging the home secretary to prevent a 'humanitarian crisis' by halting outsourcing company's plans to evict hundreds of failed asylum seekers.

Resettled Syrian refugees report ‘positive experiences’ with councils


Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the UK with the support of councils report ‘more positive experiences’ than those coming through the asylum route.

UK half way to meeting target of resettling 20,000 refugees


The UK has passed the half way mark in its commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees by 2020.

Council ‘struggling’ to resettle refugees


A Welsh authority is struggling to rehouse Syrian refugees because of a shortage of suitable housing.

Councils must be ‘fully resourced’ to house refugees, open letter says


The Government must ensure local authorities are ‘fairly and fully financially resourced’ to house asylum seekers, an open letter from refugee groups says.

Councils resettle over one third of Gov’s Syrian refugee target


Over 8,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled by more than 200 local authorities under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme, new figures have revealed.

Whitehall announces £1m of refugee support funds


The home secretary today announced £1m of extra funding to help communities support Syrian refugees.

Asylum seekers face destitution due to lack of Gov support, charity warns


The Government is going against its own guidance and allowing asylum seekers to fall into destitution, charity warns.

MPs condemn ‘unfair’ two-tier system of refugee protection


MPs have condemned the ‘two-tier system of refugee protection’ which is leaving refugees homeless and destitute, undermining their integration prospects.

Councils can take 4,000 unaccompanied child migrants, MPs claim


Councils have the capacity to take up to 4,000 unaccompanied child migrants providing they are handed Government cash to support any new scheme, MPs report.

200 councils house Syrian refugees, figures reveal


More than 200 local authorities across the UK have housed Syrian refugees in the last one and a half years, new figures reveal.

Whitehall’s war on unaccompanied minors


William Eichler argues the decision to scrap the Dubs scheme for child refugee should come as no surprise.

Government announces U-turn over child refugees


The Government has announced it will end its commitment to take in thousands of unaccompanied child refugees after only 350 have been brought to Britain.

Government asylum accommodation a ‘disgrace’, MPs say


MPs have branded the state of some asylum accommodation provided by Government contractors a ‘disgrace’ and called for more local authorities to take in asylum seekers.

Council responsibilities towards Syrian refugees ‘too vague’ warn MPs


A lack of clarity on what local authorities should provide to Syrian refugees poses a threat to the long-term success of the Government’s resettlement programme, committee says.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children – the local authority conundrum


With one in four local authorities allegedly refusing to accept refugee children from the Calais Jungle, what obligations do councils have regarding unaccompanied migrant children?

Councils covering half the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children


The Home Office is only providing local authorities with half the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children, according to new analysis.

Government pledges support to councils to help refugee children


The Government will work with councils to help children from the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais who are eligible to enter the UK, home secretary pledged.

Unaccompanied refugee children: an interview with a Kent councillor


Closure of the Calais camp means the UK will receive more unaccompanied children. Cllr Peter Oakford talks about the challenges this may pose for councils.

Devon to host temporary refugee facility


Devon is to host a temporary respite facility for up to 70 young people from the refugee camp in Calais.

Support for unaccompanied refugee children must be ‘properly funded’, LGA says


The Government should ensure ‘long-term funding arrangements’ are in place to help councils as they look after children arriving from the Calais refugee camp.

Red tape leaving child refugees stranded in Calais 'Jungle' warns report


Unaccompanied refugee children in the Calais ‘Jungle’ are not being reunited with their family in the UK quickly enough due to too much bureaucracy, a new report had warned.

Future of Syrian resettlement programme ‘at risk’, auditors say


The future of the Syrian resettlement programme could be put at risk by local authorities’ lack of suitable accommodation and school places, auditors warn.

Councils caring for 62% more children seeking asylum


There has been a 62% increase in the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum being looked after by councils in the past year, new figures have revealed.

Councils ‘confident’ they can meet Government’s refugee resettlement target


Local authorities are ‘confident’ they will be able to fulfil the Government’s pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

London council offers help to refugee children


Lambeth has committed itself to resettling unaccompanied refugee children and has urged central Government to provide the necessary funding.

Council chiefs to visit ‘Calais jungle’ migrant camp


Senior councillors will visit the ‘Calais jungle’ migrant camp tomorrow as part of a trip aimed at considering measures to keep unaccompanied children and young people safe.

Councils not ‘pulling their weight’ in rehousing Syrian refugees, say MPs


Some local authorities are failing to do enough to help resettle Syrian refugees, leading to a ‘two-tier system’ of support, MPs have warned today.

Community sponsorship scheme to support refugees launched


A new scheme encouraging community groups to sponsor refugee families was launched today by the Home Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Only five Welsh councils re-settling Syrian refugees


Welsh councils have accused of failing to 'step up to the plate' after the latest figures revealed only five had rehoused Syrian refugees so far - despite all 22 pledging to do so.

Coventry City Council takes in the most Syrian refugees


New figures from the Home Office reveal Coventry City Council has supported more Syrian refugees than any other local authority since the expansion of the resettlement programme

Cameron does u-turn on lone child refugees


Prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans not to accept unaccompanied refugee children who were already in Europe, after fears of a Tory revolt.

Restricting support for migrant families puts children at risk, report says


Moves to further restrict support to migrant families could leave children homeless and put them at risk of exploitation and abuse, a new report argues.

Home Office-contracted housing provider told to reduce ‘overcrowding’ in its homes


The housing provider that was embroiled in the coloured wristband controversy last January has been issued with a legal notice to reduce overcrowding at its premises, the Guardian reports.

Homes earmarked for refugees needed for flood-stricken residents, council says


Council ‘exempted’ from housing refugees because homes are needed for victims of the recent floods, The Westmorland Gazette reports.

MPs urge Government to accept an additional 3,000 refugee children


A commons select committee has urged the Government to accept an additional 3,000 Syrian refugee children after a two-year-old boy drowned off the Greek coast becoming the first refugee casualty of 2016.

Minister thanks local authorities for their efforts resettling Syrian refugees


The minister for Syrian refugees has followed the Prime Minister in thanking local authorities for their work resettling Syrians who have fled an increasingly brutal civil war.

Councils demand help with the ‘huge bills’ to look after refugee children


Local government leaders have demanded action to help councils facing huge bills to look after refugee children.

PM praises councils for resettling 1,000 Syrian refugees


More than 50 local authorities have helped resettle 1,000 Syrian refugees, meeting the government's target of re-housing 1,000 refugees by Christmas.

Council leaders set up 'one-stop' web page to help with refugee crisis


Local authority leaders have created a special page on their website to deal with the pressure of enquiries about how to help refugees fleeing from the Middle East.

Government to act fast on refugees


The Government said it was fully committed to settling Syrian refugees ‘as quickly as possible’ following a meeting with local authority leaders on Friday.

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