Dubs amendment vote – Salvation Army response

published on 7 Mar 2017

A cross-party group of MPs were defeated this afternoon as they hoped to amend the Children and Social Work Bill on the basis that ministers had not consulted properly with local authorities when opting to close the Dubs resettlement scheme this month.

In response to this Commissioner Clive Adams, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland said:

“It is very disappointing that the vote in the House of Commons today has not seen the continuation of a scheme which ensures safe passage to the UK of unaccompanied refugee children. These children are incredibly vulnerable, they are on their own, without their parents, fleeing conflict and war torn countries. They are at risk of abuse and exploitation in refugee camps. This vote today can only be described as a tragedy for those children, and we will continue to advocate on their behalf, and call on the Government to continue the support and protection they so desperately need."