21 APR 2016

Minister acts upon MPs plea for a 'National Dispersal System' for unaccompanied children

Maidstone, Kent 21-04-16: Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has announced that there will be a National Dispersal System to ensure Unaccompanied Children arriving from Europe are taken in across the country.

This is in direct response to calls from Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant alongside Kent County Council who have been warning of the pressure now upon children's specialist services in Kent and the lack of help from other local authorities in taking a share of newly arrived refugees.

Helen raised ths issue in a debate on Tuesday and within a day the Minister made the announcement that the National Dispersal System would be introduced by the summer and that full details of the scheme would be clarified after the local elections in May.

Mr Brokenshire said it was clear that a national response was needed to help councils such as Kent and Croydon "promote a fair and equitable distribution of cases across the country in a way that protects the best interests of those children".

Helen said 'I am happy and relieved and pleased that the Government has responded so quickly to calls for much needed change'.

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