Home Office 'turned down offer to foster 100 refugee children a week'

The UK could have taken in up to 100 child refugees a week through fostering agencies were it not for a Home Office veto, a charity leader has claimed.

Andy Elvin, the chief executive of TACT Care, the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity, said officials met with foster agencies as long ago as September 2015 about the potential for carers to provide extra capacity on top of local councils’ offers of spaces for refugees.

The Home Office never took up the deal, Mr Elvin said. He told The Observer: “We were talking to the Department for Education,

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