FOI Request Immigration Act
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request --
A) copies of all responses provided by (or collectively on behalf of) your local authority to:
i) the letter sent to 'All Local Council Leaders' by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration, dated 8/9/2016 (this letter had the heading 'UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING AND REFUGEE CHILDREN');
ii) the letter sent to Local Authority Leaders by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, and Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, dated 14/10/2016 (this letter had no heading, but concerned local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and began 'At the start of September the Immigration Minister wrote to you...');
iii) any other request by the Home Office for indications of how many places your local authority would be willing to offer to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the 'Dubs' amendment);
B) the total number of:
i) places pledged by your council for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the 'Dubs' amendment) (if this has been altered at any point since the Home Office consultation began, please provide all numbers and indicate which is the most recent);
ii) places that have been filled (by the date of your response) by unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who arrived under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the 'Dubs' amendment).
The Moray Council has not yet provided any responses to the correspondence listed. They are awaiting clarification from the Home Office to issues raised by COSLA about the legality of transfer of children from England to Scotland given the differences in Childcare legislation and awaiting advice on measures being discussed with the Scottish Government COSLA and the Care Inspectorate with regard to a more flexible response to the care of Asylum seeking children. With regard to other schemes being suggested this Council is undertaking a review of our capacity to resettle refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children under a range of schemes in addition to our current active participation in the Syrian Resettlement Programme.