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Council commits to helping refugees

Council commits to helping refugees

Published at 6:28pm 1st February 2016. (Updated at 6:40pm 1st February 2016)

Craven is preparing to welcome refugee families from Syria.

Council officials have agreed that the authority should commit to accepting a maximum of 25 over the next five years.

It follows the Government's commitment to supporting up to 20,000 refugees.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "We want to play our part in the humanitarian response to the plight of the Syrian refugees.

"The council had already agreed in principle to do our bit to help these refugee families who are in dire need of assistance. Now that Government funding is in place, we are able to move forward with these plans.

"It is very important that this resettlement scheme is handled carefully. We will be proactive in fostering good relations between the refugees and the existing community and help them to positively integrate."

The authority has identified Skipton and South Craven as the best areas for refugees to settle, as they have the largest housing stock, available school places, a wide range of services and easy access to Bradford where there is an existing Syrian refugee community and specialist services.

Funding for setting up and operating the scheme for the first 12 months is being covered by a grant from the Home Office.

Refugees will be granted a five-year humanitarian protection visa before they enter the UK and have the same rights as British citizens to education, employment, healthcare and public funds.

Craven District Council will now work with North Yorkshire County Council, other district councils, Migration Yorkshire, letting agents and registered providers of social housing to implement the resettlement scheme.