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FOI 13724

Section 67 of the Immigration Act

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).

Response



You have requested the following information:

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).

We can confirm that your request has been deemed:
1. NOT to relate [in whole or part] to recorded information held by Brentwood Borough Council Housing Services. Brentwood Borough Council is part of a two tier authority and is not responsible for Children’s Services. We would suggest you may like to re-direct your questions to Essex County Council who is the relevant Authority.
2. Is not data personal to yourself.
3. Does not require an obligation to create new information.
4. Is not related to prohibited and/or exempt information (other than as marked above where relevant).
5. Is a valid request.
6. Does not place an unreasonable burden on resources and/or exceed the set costs limited.
7. Not to require a charge to be levied to the information requester.