Daventry council looks at potential impact of refugees on local area

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Daventry District Council is looking at the potential local impacts of the Government’s policy on the refugee crisis in Europe.

DDC says it is keen to understand what role, if any, is expected of it, after the Government outlined national efforts to address the Syrian refugee crisis.

With the rise over recent weeks of the refugee crisis in Europe, the UK Government has said Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years – taking them from refugee camps in the Middle East.

Several people in the Daventry area have already been in touch with the council and its councillors regarding what local residents can do to help the situation.

DDC is now assessing the issues on a local level and awaiting further advice and information from the Home Office and Local Government Association (LGA) on the role local authorities will play in the process.

Councillor Alan Hills, DDC community, culture and leisure portfolio holder said: “Many people have concerns for those who are fleeing the civil war in Syria and the terrible conflicts elsewhere in the world.

“We have to take on board the Government’s statement in Parliament as well as the updates released by the Local Government Association and we’re waiting to hear more about how councils and other agencies might need to be involved locally.

“Our councillors and officers have already received a few enquiries from residents about how they can help the refugees.

“These offers of support are extremely touching and we will be providing them with advice and signposting on these issues when available.”

Residents wishing to find out more about how to support the refugees can visit the Home Office website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office which will be updated when further information is available.