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Councils commit to helping refugees

Councils commit to helping refugees

Published at 10:06am 18th September 2015. (Updated at 3:25pm 18th September 2015)

North Yorkshire's councils have agreed to work together to support Syrian refugees following "positive talks" with the Home Office.

Officials met at County Hall in Northallerton and discussed initial plans to accommodate people affected by the war in Syria.

The councils expressed their intention to take in "their fair share" of refugees and to play their part in any humanitarian response.

David Cameron recently announced that the UK will help 20,000 Syrian refugees between now and 2020.

Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "Few could fail to be moved by the pictures and stories of terrible suffering of the displaced peoples of Syria and North Yorkshire's councils agree that we must do everything we can to play our part in giving support.

"But to give proper support, we need the resources to do it, and so once we have a full understanding of available resources, both for now and in the longer term, North Yorkshire's councils will work together with the Home Office to agree on numbers."