Croydon faces a reduction in the multimillion-pound funding it receives for looking after hundreds of young asylum-seekers.
Oh noes! They’ll all be destitute! How will they cope!!!
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to revise one of the grants following a 26 per cent drop in the number of children who are cared for by the council.
Hang on. A drop? So…..the money is being cut because there’s not so many of ‘em?
On top of the money given to any local authority which cares for such children, Croydon also receives an extra £6.56 million each year – a “gateway” grant which recognises its status as a main refugee harbour.
That status seems to be dwindling. So, why shouldn’t the money dwindle with it?
Council leader Mike Fisher fears any reduction in this money would have to be met by the taxpayer.
Why? There’s a reduction precisely because you don’t need so much money.
If you buy a smaller car, Mike ol’ buddy, do you continue paying over the odds to Texaco because you aren’t using as much petrol?
He said: “We have the vast majority of unaccompanied children in the country. But with the numbers dropping, as they are, there’s an issue about whether we will continue to receive the gateway grant.”That’s posed a problem because we still have, by anyone’s standards, a large number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and we have to have systems in place to be able to deal with that. As someone who used to work for the Border Agency in charge of asylum screening, I know how the numbers can go up and down overnight.
“If that does happen, with Croydon being the only place in the UK where you can make an in-country application for asylum, the loss of our ability to be flexible with that sudden increase would be a great worry, not just to us, but the Government as well.”
So, you want to stockpile the excess money in case there’s an influx?
Nope, sorry. Think again. There’s not enough money sloshing around to tolerate this sort of thing any longer.