Hillingdon seeks ruling on shortfall

Hillingdon Council has applied to take the government to judicial review over the alleged underfunding of services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

The council said the lack of government funding had left it up to 5m out of pocket this financial year and this would continue unless it received more money.

It said the Department for Education and Skills had guaranteed the funding but a policy change had left the council with a budget gap and put up to 250 jobs at risk.

A DfES spokesperson said it was reviewing the costs of supporting unaccompanied minors.

  • Glasgow Council has applied to the Scottish executive for 2m to fund education and social care for dispersed asylum seekers, formerly paid for by the Home Office.

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