'˜We WILL take migrant children from Calais camp', says Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council will be offering a helping hand to take child refugees from the Calais '˜jungle'.

Thursday, 27th October 2016, 1:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th October 2016, 5:22 pm

Nationally one in four councils have refused to accept any of the children, according to media reports.

But city council leader Pete Marland said this week that there will be no blank refusal from MK.

“We are willing to listen and help where we can, resources permitting, working with the appropriate authorities. This approach has cross-party support,” he said.

So far MK has agreed to take at least 20 Syrian families and has found foster homes for more than 40 unaccompanied children.

“However there are limited spaces in MK to provide ‘in house’ foster care for refugee children, and we would urge other councils in the South East that do have spare capacity to help where they can,” said Pete.