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Make sure our councils get the help they need to deal with people as they arrive
We 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.
Our Verdict
With wars ongoing in Syria, Iraq and Libya, millions of refugees have poured into Europe to escape the fighting and reach safety. European countries have been tasked with helping these people, offering them asylum, and supporting them by providing homes, education, healthcare, etc. The UK has agreed to accept 4,000 Syrian refugees a year over a course of 5 years (20,000 in total), and it is the responsibility of local councils to make the arrangements for receiving these refugees. For each refugee they take in, a local council can claim £8,500 from the government for the first year, going down to only £1,000 in the fifth year. However, many councils have claimed that this simply isn’t enough, and they don’t have the resources to accommodate this many. It is for this reason that the government has pledged to give more support to councils that accept 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’.

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