Look, It’s Basic Budgetary Logic!

Croydon faces a reduction in the multimillion-pound funding it receives for looking after hundreds of young asylum-seekers.

Oh noes! They’ll all be destitute! How will they cope!!!

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to revise one of the grants following a 26 per cent drop in the number of children who are cared for by the council.

Hang on. A drop? So…..the money is being cut because there’s not so many of ‘em?

Panic over!

On top of the money given to any local authority which cares for such children, Croydon also receives an extra £6.56 million each year – a “gateway” grant which recognises its status as a main refugee harbour.

That status seems to be dwindling. So, why shouldn’t the money dwindle with it?

Council leader Mike Fisher fears any reduction in this money would have to be met by the taxpayer.

Why? There’s a reduction precisely because you don’t need so much money.

If you buy a smaller car, Mike ol’ buddy, do you continue paying over the odds to Texaco because you aren’t using as much petrol?

He said: “We have the vast majority of unaccompanied children in the country. But with the numbers dropping, as they are, there’s an issue about whether we will continue to receive the gateway grant.”That’s posed a problem because we still have, by anyone’s standards, a large number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and we have to have systems in place to be able to deal with that. As someone who used to work for the Border Agency in charge of asylum screening, I know how the numbers can go up and down overnight.

“If that does happen, with Croydon being the only place in the UK where you can make an in-country application for asylum, the loss of our ability to be flexible with that sudden increase would be a great worry, not just to us, but the Government as well.”

So, you want to stockpile the excess money in case there’s an influx?

Nope, sorry. Think again. There’s not enough money sloshing around to tolerate this sort of thing any longer.

4 comments for “Look, It’s Basic Budgetary Logic!

  1. Able
    January 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    But, but..

    How about the cost of housing all those parents that suddenly seem to reappear as soon as their ‘unaccompanied’ offspring get asylum?

    And how is Mr Fisher and his cohorts going to pay for their lavish offices, flash cars, multitude of staff,….

    Croydon was, and is, a ‘gateway because it actively encouraged and rewarded such people to go there. Try getting any services if you happen to be British – not going to happen!

  2. john in cheshire
    January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Silly question but why aren’t these ‘children’ immediately put on the next boat or plane out of our country; they’re not our problem, let someone else deal with them.

  3. January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Agreed to the post and both comments.

  4. Tattyfalarr
    January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Boo hoo…snot fair….jeeeeesh, grow up. There’s a lot of this about unfortunately (for them). Our council burst out crying when told it would get less money for maintaining schools across wirral since 12 of them were now academies and, as such, were out of their “jurisdiction”.


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