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Town rescues children

Yesterday I wrote that many lovely and generous acts in Britain (and the world) go unmentioned, while David wrote that the House of Lords has been investigating the economic impact of immigration.

One of the towns that gave evidence to the House of Lords painted a poignant picture of both generosity and the economic strains of immigration on British citizens. I had never heard this particular story before.

Hillingdon is very close to Heathrow Airport. As a result it has become the ‘parent’ of unaccompanied asylum seeker children who come to the United Kingdom through the airport. “Social services at Hillingdon council receive dozens of calls a week from the airport authorities asking them to collect unaccompanied children. Hillingdon is responsible for providing services for over 1,000 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children – including accommodation, schooling and disability support.”

The central government does not pay for these children. Local Hillingdon taxpayers do. If I read the figures accurately, the amount that Hillingdon taxpayers provide is £4.8 million a year.

I think you may agree this is both generosity and an astonishing state of affairs.