Taxpayers are funding the repatriation of hundreds of homeless Eastern European immigrants who have been living on the streets.It’s a bonanza for the local councils and employees in the ‘charity’ sector, all funded by you and me.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds is being spent annually on travel costs for the immigrants, mainly Polish, who have been unable to find work in Britain and have no access to benefits.
Local authorities and charities are using government grants to fund one-way bus and air tickets, with one London council spending £100,000 on the scheme in the past year alone.
In the first city-wide scheme of its kind, a charity has been given funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government to seek out immigrants living on the street and encourage them to go home. Many will be given food and clothing, and accompanied by outreach workers.Needless to say, because this is the government we are talking about, don’t expect good value for money to be a consideration:
Sending someone home can cost as little as a £50 coach trip. The new scheme, however, proposes bringing people from Poland to facilitate the move, and others to accompany those who are returning home. When flights, accommodation and food are included, each could cost in excess of £1,000.Yup, we’re bringing over people from Poland to persuade other people from Poland to take English taxpayers money to go back to Poland.
Could anyone make this up…?
A spokeswoman for the Department of Communities and Local Government did not answer questions about funding amounts. She said that the Government needed to do more to achieve its ambition of ending rough sleeping by 2012.Not importing more might be a good start...