Home Office is lying about capacity to care for child refugees
The Home Office is backtracking on its commitment to accept 3,000 refugee children under the Dubs amendment. It says this is because local authorities have no more space for refugee or unaccompanied children and young people.
This is a lie; there is no other way to describe this egregious attempt to blame local authorities for a decision that has been wholly made in the Home Office, which has made no reasonable effort to examine what capacity there is in the system.
Through 2016, fostering and adoption charity Tact and other charitable agencies including Barnardo’s and Action for Children met Home Office and Department for Education (DfE) officials to discuss capacity in respect of looking after unaccompanied children.