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Cost of looking after asylum seeker youngsters.

Cost of looking after asylum seeker youngsters.

The cost to councils in England of looking after rising numbers of child asylum seekers has almost doubled in four years, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.

It says the annual cost of providing accommodation and care for these young asylum seekers has now risen to £152m.

And councils, already under financial pressure, need more support from central government, the LGA says.

The Home Office says funding arrangements are "under review".

Local authorities are legally required to care for child asylum seekers without relatives.

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