Haringey Council needs to work better with voluntary sector partners when providing support to refugees to avoid “storing up problems for the future”.
A scrutiny review on support to children from refugee families found Haringey’s approach was “harsh” compared to other boroughs and called on the council to look at other ways of providing funding and support.One might almost say, they provided a 'hostile environment'. Well, if you listened to the bleating of these Open Borders advocates, that is.
In the past year, the council assisted 254 children and 155 families in these circumstances, with current spending totalling £635,000 a year.That's harsh, yes, but only on the poor bloody taxpayer!
But the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel heard evidence that the assessment process used to determine whether support could be provided tended to focus on the finances and status of parents rather than the welfare of children.As well it should. If the parents can support them, why should anyone else?
Mark Blake, Labour councillor for Muswell Hill and member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel, said the review showed Haringey was “not working as cohesively with voluntary partners” as other boroughs.
He said: “In comparison to Islington, I felt we were losing out by not working as effectively and in as collaborative [a] fashion as I would have expected.
“Personally, I felt taking an approach that could be more harsh could be counterproductive – as a public authority, we could be storing up issues for us further down the line.”Sounds almost like a threat. Perhaps we'd simply be better not taking in any more of them?