Make sure our councils get the help they need to deal with people as they arrive
Last updated: 12:29pm 12 July 2018
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.40We will make sure our councils get the help they need to deal with people as they arrive, and establish schemes to help individuals, charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to provide housing and other support for refugees.
In November 2016, the government launched the Controlling Migration Fund, pledging £100 million to local authorities to reduce “pressures on local services such as housing, education and health services resulting from recent migration”. In January 2018, an additional £29 million was promised to local councils to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. With further allocations from the Controlling Migration Fund set to be announced in 2018, it appears the government is on its way to honouring this policy pledge. This pledge cannot be deemed ‘done’ just yet, however, as there are still more refugees to come, and it remains to be seen whether the councils will continue to receive this support. For now, it’s ‘in progress’.
- £29 million extra to boost councils’ support for vulnerable children – Gov.uk
- Controlling Migration Fund: mitigating the impacts of immigration on local communities – Department for Communities and Local Government, Gov.uk
- Briefing Paper: The new Controlling Migration Fund for England – House of Commons Library
- Resettling refugees: support after the first year – a guide for local authorities – Local Government Association
- Refugee crisis: the UK local government response so far – The Guardian
- Third of councils in England refuse to take in Syrian refugees – The Independent
- Syrian refugee resettlement A guide for local authorities – Local Government Association
- We want more Syrian refugees: council offers exceed official UK pledge of 20,000 – The Guardian
- Migrant crisis: What is the UK doing to help? – BBC
- Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference – in full – The Independent
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