Thank you to those who have contacted me about the Controlling Migration Fund.
Britain is an open and tolerant country with a long history of welcoming migrants and the benefits they bring to our communities, businesses and services. However, I realise that the concentrated migration into our local communities can put a strain on local services and amenities.
The Migration Impact Fund designed to tackle these problems was both ineffective and inefficient. This is why, in November 2016, the £100 million Controlling Migration Fund was launched to help local areas and services cope with pressures from recent migration, which can often be a source of community tension.
As of November 2018, £74 million has been awarded in funding for at least 82 local authority areas. I am very pleased that over 20 per cent of the Fund has been allocated to local authorities to care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Funding has also been made available to help asylum seekers and rough sleepers, which includes providing mental health and health services.
The remaining £26 million of the Controlling Migration Fund was open to applications until 1 October 2018 and the successful projects will be announced this year. The options for the future of the Fund will be considered in this year’s Spending Review and I am confident that the Government will carefully consider its scope and impact.