Charity for children in care calls for UKIP councillor’s resignation
Who Cares? Trust condemns councillors’ ‘ignorant’ comments
The Who Cares? Trust, a national charity that supports and campaigns for children in care and care leavers, has called for Cambridgeshire County Councillor Gordon Gillick to resign.
It follows reports of comments he made to three children in care when they were talking to councillors about their experiences of being in care, and the councillors' responsibilities as 'corporate parents'.
Cllr Gillick is claimed to have interrupted the children's presentation and made comments that have led to the council receiving a dozen complaints. It is also reported that Cambridgeshire County Council has launched an investigation following the complaints. The Cambridge News carries a report of the meeting and Cllr Gillick's alleged comments.
Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive of The Who Cares? Trust, said:
"These are completely outrageous and profoundly ignorant comments which show absolutely no understanding of why children come into care or the support they need.
"Children in care have had traumatic starts to their lives and we have a moral duty to provide them with the best possible care. As an elected member of a council, who has responsibility for the children in care in his area, Cllr Gillick should understand this.
"If these reports are true, Gordon Gillick must publicly apologise to the children and resign from his position on the council immediately. It is disappointing that Cllr Gillick's comments have not been condemned by his fellow UKIP councillors.
"We also want UKIP Leader Nigel Farage to urgently clarify his party's views towards children in care and care leavers and whether or not he considers Cllr Gillick's reported comments to be acceptable."
For a report of the council meeting click here.
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