After winning a vote not to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK, the government has announced it is to privatise the care and relocation of these vulnerable young people. It claims that its Middle East policy has created these opportunities for the private sector, which is ‘best placed to take these children on profitably’.
Early signs indicated that sportswear firms and cheap clothing producers could be amongst bidders as they look to add to the existing stock of vulnerable children housed in their factories.
However, the government may be forced to look for a UK buyer. ‘After all these children with no experience of business, the UK, and many without English language skills can hardly do any worse than Sir Philip Green did,’ one senior Tory said. ‘Besides it is not as though we send them to work in the steel industry any more.’