Districts to join forces to help Syrian refugees

Districts to join forces to help Syrian refugees

Published at 6:32am 28th October 2015. (Updated at 1:58pm 28th October 2015)

Local authorities in North Yorkshire have agreed to come together with police and health providers to resettle Syrian refugees.

They've pledged to play their part in any humanitarian response following a meeting with Government officials last month.

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will take in 20,000 Syrian refugees during the next five years.

The final number of refugees which can be supported in each district council area in North Yorkshire hasn't been announced.

We're told that depends on both short and long-term funding

Some of the issues currently being looked at include countywide mapping of potential areas to house refugees, capacity for school places and availability of accommodation.

Access to services, community cohesion, financial implications and provision of resources are also being discussed.

Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "We have all pledged to play our part in providing relief and shelter to those Syrians who have endured unimaginable suffering.

"But to give proper support, we need the resources to do it, and we will work with the Home Office in the coming weeks and months to agree those resources, so that all partners involved can make informed decisions about how best to resettle refugees in their areas."