Knowsley offers support to refugees

Published on: Wednesday, 16-September-2015

Knowsley Council has today confirmed it is standing ready to identify homes in the borough for refugees fleeing Syria as part of the UK’s resettlement programme.

Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member Cllr Chris O’Hare said: “The humanitarian crisis in Syria is of such a horrific scale – we cannot and we must not turn our backs on those people.  It is right that we offer safety and shelter to families who are in such desperate need, and in Knowsley we fully intend to play our part. We are waiting for the Government to explain just how they also intend to help.”

Knowsley Council will work with the Government to identify homes across the borough for refugees coming into the UK from war-torn Syria as part of the Government’s resettlement programme.

Knowsley believes that up to 30 homes will need to be found across the borough for asylum seekers who are already in the country, and the accommodation for refugees will be in addition to that demand. The exact number will depend on the Government’s national approach to the crisis.

The council is urging the Government to ensure that appropriate financial support is given to local councils to cover the significant costs, especially of placing any unaccompanied children in foster care.

Cllr O’Hare said: “We want to play our part in extending the hand of friendship and welcome to the displaced people of Syria. It is right that all local authorities do what they can to support these families and children.

“But there is a significant financial cost to this support. We are calling on the Government to ensure we are properly resourced to give the support needed to help these families integrate into our community and begin to get their lives back together.”