LGA responds to the NAO report on the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme
Responding to the report from the National Audit Office on the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme, Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Group, said:
"We have previously said that we were confident in ensuring that there would be sufficient pledges to support the Government's aim to resettle 20,000 people by 2020 and the Home Office has now confirmed this to be true.
"The focus must now be on ensuring families are well supported. Councils are and will be helping some of the most vulnerable families fleeing Syria who will need access to ongoing support from local services to cope with injuries, disabilities and to recover from the severe trauma they have experienced.
"Councils have an excellent track record in welcoming asylum seeking and refugee children and their families for many years, and continue to work hard to support the Syrian resettlement scheme alongside all the other schemes in current operation.
"In these other schemes, they have no say over when people will be allowed to enter the UK, but stand ready to help when they do. There are also thousands of asylum seekers who are not housed by councils but who rely on their services and support."
13 September 2016