Thousands of children – many of whom are British citizens – are subsisting on as little as £1 a day because…Ooh, ooh, let me guess…’Tory cuts’?
… their parents are migrants with no recourse to public funds.Oh. *shrug*
That ‘many of whom are British citizens’ is disingenuous, too. It’s less than a quarter:
In almost a quarter of the families affected at least one child is a British citizen, researchers from Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) found.Typically, the screaming headlines don’t match up to the report, once you dig deeper.
But they’ll have served their purpose for the typical ‘Indy’ reader who’ll tut over their muesli at the awful Brits who want to make this a non-diverse country…
Most of the families affected are here legally but awaiting a Home Office decision on their immigration case. Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of the families helped by local authorities in 2012/13 had a decision on their immigration status pending.
Forbidden from working or receiving welfare, the only money many migrant parents can find to feed their children is a child poverty payout from social services, which can be as low as £5 a week for a family.Which is presumably a decision they take, knowing that they will get even less – or maybe nothing – in Nigeria or Jamaica…
Experts believe the Government needs to step in and provide funding to protect children’s welfare in this situation. Mr Reed said: “It is critical that these families get the help they need and that the Government provides the funds necessary so local authorities can protect these children’s welfare. Children must be treated first and foremost as children — not as immigration statistics.”They shouldn’t be treated as a fast-track ticket to citizenship, either!
A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We welcome those who wish to make a life in the UK with their family, work hard and make a contribution. But family life must not be established here at the taxpayer's expense.”Untypically robust statement there. Let’s hope actions match the words.