Council accuses government of ignoring planned legal challenge
Blackpool Council has accused the Home Office and Serco of ignoring a planned legal challenge over the placement of 150 asylum seekers at a hotel.
Councils prepare for legal battle with Home Office
Seven authorities have launched proceedings against the Home Office over the asylum dispersal scheme.
Blackpool threatens action over asylum hotel plans
Blackpool Council has warned planning permission will be required to use a hotel to house hundreds of asylum seekers.
Coventry to take legal action over asylum
A council has been forced to take legal action over the Government’s use of hotels for asylum seekers despite previously pledging to offer refugees sanctuary.
Croydon calls for asylum support funds to stave off intervention
The council is facing the prospect of Government intervention as it grapples with a multi-million pound funding gap.
Councils ‘stand ready’ to support refugees
Local authorities have pledged to provide support to thousands of people fleeing Afghanistan
Pressure mounts for compulsory asylum dispersal
Home Secretary Priti Patel is being urged to make the dispersal scheme for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) mandatory for councils.
Brighton & Hove raises concerns over support for asylum-seeking children
The council said they had less than 24 hours’ notice before the Home Office placed a number of children in a hotel in the city.
Supporting UASC: Relationships really matter
In Norfolk, building a large dedicated team has been crucial in supporting and managing a substantial cohort of unaccompanied asylum seeing children, says Kate Dexter.
Children's minister praises 'moral leadership' of Norfolk CC on asylum seeking children
Children’s minister Vicky Ford has praised the ‘moral leadership’ of Norfolk CC in taking on significant numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).
A step in the right direction
In the wake of Kent CC’s move to encourage a fairer share of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children among other councils, Ann McGauran talks to key figures about what needs to be done and whether the voluntary national transfer scheme can help in its new form.
Patel reveals rota replacement scheme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children
A new rota scheme will better distribute responsibility for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) among councils, home secretary Priti Patel has revealed.
Asylum seeker costs should be funded from the centre
The fair and humanitarian answer from the Home Office is to properly fund councils shouldering the burden of looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children so they do not have to raid their children’s services budgets, says Michael Burton.
Kent threatens Patel with legal action over asylum children
Kent CC is threatening to launch legal action against the home secretary as it struggles with rising numbers of unaccompanied child migrants.
Croydon in fresh unaccompanied asylum-seeking children plea
Croydon LBC has urged the Government to make up its historic funding gap in the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).
In emergencies, we need to plug the gaps in the social safety net
Discretionary cash support must be included in the toolbox for any major emergency response, says British Red Cross hardship fund programme manager Alex Ballard.
Councils accused of 'grandstanding' on asylum
The immigration minister has told councils to ‘play their part’ in accommodating asylum seekers, accusing them of ‘simply passing motions and making declarations’.
Inquiry launched into asylum accommodation
MPs are to investigate the use of sites such as former barracks to accommodate asylum seekers.
Home secretary urges councils to house asylum seekers
Home secretary Priti Patel has urged local authorities to identify further accommodation to house asylum seekers following the closure of a controversial temporary site in Wales.
Region refuses to take more asylum seekers
The West Midlands has refused to take any more asylum seekers unless the Home Office agrees to a ‘more equitable spread’ across all UK councils.