Dubs refugee scheme could be reinstated as Commons lose faith in Tory excuses

A girl takes part in a protest outside Downing Street to call for Britain to accept more refugee children [Image: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock].

It’s interesting that the Tory government has claimed there aren’t any council places for children to be housed under the ‘Dubs amendment’ scheme for refugee children – councils have said this isn’t true at all.

And, you know, This Writer seems to remember the Tories claiming that the Dubs scheme could be used for people trafficking – a pernicious claim as it was intended to prevent that crime.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said evidence from charities and other organisations contradicted the Home Office’s assertion.

Oh, and what about Amber Rudd’s claim that the UK has already allowed thousands of refugee children in?

Forgotten, it seems.

Let us hope that humanity prevails when this matter is debated today (March 7).

The government faces a potential Commons defeat over its decision to end the arrival of unaccompanied refugee children under the Dubs scheme, with up to 30 Conservative MPs possibly voting to revive the process.

Ministers announced last month that the numbers arriving under the system, introduced through an amendment by the Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, who came to Britain as a child refugee before the second world war, was to be stopped at the current 350.

Campaigners had hoped that as many as 3,000 children could be helped. The government said the scheme had to end because no more council spaces were available to accommodate them.

However, some councils have since disputed this, saying they do have the resources to take more unaccompanied minors.

The issue will be the subject of a House of Commons vote on Tuesday when MPs debate amendments attached to the wider children and social work bill, connected to the status of child refugees.

Source: Up to 30 Tory MPs could vote against ministers over Dubs refugee scheme | World news | The Guardian

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1 thought on “Dubs refugee scheme could be reinstated as Commons lose faith in Tory excuses

  1. Barry Davies

    I wonder which councils have said there is space for them given the amount of homeless and the length of waiting lists for publicly owned housing, also if they are children where exactly are they going to be housed anyway there is a pitiful amount of children accommodation outside the penal system.

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