Local councils agree to take in Syrian refugees

Coun Carl Les, newly elected Leader of North Yorkshire County Council Conservative Group - May 2015
Coun Carl Les, newly elected Leader of North Yorkshire County Council Conservative Group - May 2015

The local county and borough councils are to work in partnership to support Syrian refugees following positive talks with the Home Office today.

The authorities along with Selby, Richmondshire, Hambleton, Craven, Ryedale and Harrogate district councils met Government officials at county hall last week to discuss initial plans to accommodate refugees from the war in Syria.

The meeting was planned a while ago to discuss dispersal of asylum seekers but the crisis involving Syrian refugees led to the scope of the meeting being extended.

The councils intend to work in partnership to take in their fair share of refugees following the Prime Minister’s announcement the UK will take in 20,000 Syrian refugees. However, the councils agreed they would need more detail about the longer term implications for resources before they can decide on the number of refugees they can help.

County Cllr Carl Les said: “Few could fail to be moved by the pictures and stories of terrible suffering. But to give proper support we need resources to do it and once we have a full understanding of available resources North Yorkshire’s councils will work with the Home Office to agree on numbers.”