HUNDREDS of refugee children will be spending their first Christmas in London after boroughs stepped in to offer safety when the Calais Jungle camp was dismantled.
Councils across the capital have stepped up to offer sanctuary to scores of lone children eligible to come to the UK under the Dubs Amendment since October.
Latest figures show boroughs are now looking after 60 Dubs children, 43 Dublin children who are thought to have family in the UK and 77 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children travelling alone. But the gradual arrival of more youngsters in recent days and weeks means the number has risen to more than 200 across the capital.
Cllr Claire Kober OBE, chair of London Councils, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd last month and has called for clarity from Government on what happens next in terms of funding to support children who have arrived in the UK and the help boroughs will receive to ensure their smooth settlement.
Cllr Kober said: “Thanks to fantastic work by London boroughs who have tackled a very real humanitarian crisis, more than 200 vulnerable young people will spend Christmas in London.
‘We need more support from the Government. Ministers must clarify the support they will provide to refugee children as they seek asylum and leave care. The Government must also set out how they will fill the huge social care funding gap so councils can give refugees the support they need to resettle.”