Announcement on the end of DUBS Amendment

Hounslow Council has reacted to the announcement by the government to end the "Dubs Amendment" scheme to let unaccompanied migrant children in to the UK.

Published: Monday, 13th February 2017

Hounslow Council has reacted to the announcement by the government to end the "Dubs Amendment" scheme to let unaccompanied migrant children in to the UK.

The Council supports London Council’s response that the government “doesn’t turn its back on the situation” with so many unaccompanied children in vulnerable situations.

Hounslow was one of the London boroughs who welcomed several unaccompanied children under 18 years of age from Calais last year which included some under the Dubs Amendment. It is still on the Croydon Rota – children arriving in the UK, come in via Lunar House in Croydon which is one of the centres for UK Visa and Immigration before they are transferred to other London boroughs, including Hounslow – to take care responsibility for these children.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We echo London Council’s response that it is very disappointing to hear the government’s announcement on the commitment to the DUBS Amendment is ending.

“Here at Hounslow Council, we have helped and taken in unaccompanied children under this agreement and our staff from Children’s Services and social workers have worked hard not only to take in these children and either place them with relatives or in foster care, but also to ensure their  education and health matters are met.

“We will continue to be ready to welcome these vulnerable children but we need the necessary funding to make sure we can meet the needs that will provide the better life they are seeking.”