Bid to help refugees voted down in the Com­mons

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

A CLAUSE to a bill which would have put pres­sure on the govern­ment to bring more refugee chil­dren to the UK has been voted down in the House of Com­mons, by 287-267.

In Fe­bru­ary, the govern­ment halted the trans­fer of young chil­dren to the UK which it had pre­vi­ously agreed to un­der the so-called “Dubs Amend­ment”, a mea­sure put for­ward by Jewish peer Lord Dubs, who ar­rived in the UK on the Kin­der­trans­port as a child refugee from the Nazis.

The govern­ment said there were not enough spa­ces in coun­cils across Bri­tain to ac­com­mo­date the chil­dren. Of the ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 young refugees that would have been taken, only 350 were al­lowed into the country.

The clause, pro­posed by Heidi Allen, a Con­ser­va­tive MP, to the Chil­dren and So­cial Work bill, would have made it com­pul­sory for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to de­clare if they had room to take refugee chil­dren.

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