Many councils have not signed up to the voluntary scheme to take child refugees from other areas amid concerns around funding.

Children & Young People Now report on findings from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration showing that around 40 per cent of councils across England have not signed up to the voluntary scheme amid concerns that central government is not providing enough funding to cover the true cost.

“Local authorities are currently able to claim £41,610 a year from the Home Office for unaccompanied children under 16 and £33,215 a year for unaccompanied children aged between 16 and 17, but many claim it does not cover the true cost of support.”

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