Ealing Council calls on government to support unaccompanied child asylum seekers

Councillor Peter Mason, leader of the council, councillor Kamaljit Nagpa, cabinet member for a fairer start, and councillor Aysha Raza, cabinet member for tackling inequality have issued a joint letter to the home secretary.

They call on the government to urgently review the level of financial support available through the National Transfer Scheme as the council looks to provide a safe, supporting home for unaccompanied child asylum seekers.

The letter states: “Ealing is proud of our track record of providing a safe, supporting home for unaccompanied child asylum seekers.

“Over the past two full years, we have welcomed 46 new child asylum seekers who are fleeing violence, repression or extreme poverty. We have provided high quality, intensive support for young people who have often experienced the most severe trauma.

“We are therefore asking you to urgently review the level of financial support available to councils under the National Transfer Scheme, to work with the local government sector to better understand the real costs of providing the support that unaccompanied children need and to enable councils like Ealing who want to do more to be able to do so.”

Read the full letter to the home secretary here.