Calling on the Government to give local authorities extra funding to resettle refugees from Afghanistan

Template press release calling on the Government to give local authorities extra funding to resettle refugees from Afghanistan.


EMBARGO: Immediate Release

[TEMPLATE]: Afghan refugees are welcome in [AREA]

Dear all,

Please see below a template press release calling on the Government to give local authorities extra funding to resettle refugees from Afghanistan.

Please complete it with the details for your area as indicated in red below. Figures for the number of Syrian refugees resettled in each local authority can be found in this spreadsheet.

NOTE: This is for use in England, Scotland and Wales. Please only use the figures for Syrian refugees if appropriate for your local area.

Afghan refugees are welcome in [AREA]

[AREA] Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to make a more ambitious commitment to resettle refugees fleeing the Taliban, and to give [AREA] Council extra funding to house and support them here.

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government’s commitment to resettle just 5,000 Afghan refugees across the UK over the next year, saying it “falls woefully short” of what is needed in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The party also highlighted that [INSERT FIGURE] people have been resettled in [AREA] since 2014, under the previous Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme for refugees of the conflict in Syria.

[NAME], Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for [AREA], said:

“[AREA] has a proud record of providing sanctuary to those in need. We have given a new home to [INSERT FIGURE] refugees fleeing the awful violence in Syria, and I know local people will welcome those escaping the Taliban now too.

“The Government must live up to its obligations by giving [AREA] Council and local authorities across the UK extra funding so we can house, support and integrate these refugees properly.”

Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, added:

“It's now or never to save innocent people from the terror of the Taliban. The Government must step up urgently and offer safe and legal routes to the UK for Afghan refugees who’ve been forced to flee their homes.

“A humanitarian crisis is unfolding before our eyes, and Priti Patel’s promise to resettle just 5,000 refugees over the next 12 months falls woefully short of meeting that challenge. I know the UK can do far better than that.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Figures for the number of refugees resettled under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme by local authority