by Simon Cardy, West Midlands SWAN, April 2011
SWAN has been covered by the Community Care website following a protest against government cuts to services supporting child asylum seekers. The protest took place this Friday (8th April) outside the UK Border Agency's offices in Solihull. Please find the Community Care article here.
The protest was organised after the UK Border Agency froze its grant to local authorities causing a massive overspend for Solihull council's unaccompanied migrant children's services.
Solihull council has responded in turn by cutting its own budget for these services to the tune of £1.2 million.
It proposes to do this by pushing 16 year olds out of foster care into independent accommodation with reduced support. The policy is discriminatory by the fact that other young people in the care system are not being placed under the same pressure to leave care.
The protest was organised by SWAN West Midlands and supported by UNISON.