Sutton has received more than £250,000 in Government funding aimed at alleviating pressures on local councils resulting from migration.

The money will go toward supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children to build resilience and engage more fully in society through the development of peer support programs and bespoke housing.

Last week the Government announced a further £28m would be allocated to 123 projects across England to ease the burden on local authorities, bringing the total figure distributed by the Controlling Migration Fund to over £100m.

Communities Minister Lord Bourne said: "Whether its tackling rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable migrants, helping new arrivals learn English or supporting care leavers to access education, the Controlling Migration Fund is delivering results across the country and providing services for the benefit of all.

"Each community is unique in the challenges it faces, but the projects we’ve funded have shown that positive change is possible when people come together and think innovatively about how to support the whole community."

The Sutton project will focus on developing a sustainable support network for young asylum seekers by using specialist workers and apprentices to develop community connections, seek out bespoke opportunities and support their peers through mentoring and education.

The project also increases the amount of supported accommodation available to ensure that a greater number of young asylum seekers are living locally in safe, stable, affordable accommodation.