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BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL SUBMITS PLEDGE TO GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT REFUGEES

 

Bedford Borough Council has submitted a pledge to UK Government to provide support for refugee children and families fleeing the devastating conflict in Syria.

 

Councils across the UK have been asked by the government to inform it of how many of the 20,000 Syrian refugees the UK is taking it believes can be located in its area. Bedford Borough Council has indicated that it believes four families per year over the five year period of the programme could be resettled in Bedford Borough.   

 

The Council has been in discussion with relevant local bodies including charities such as Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) and the King’s Arms Project, on matters including harnessing local support to assist refugee children and families to integrate in the community and to settle locally.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said “The Government have asked local authorities for details about the number of refugees that they could accommodate as part of its plans to receive 20,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria. We have advised them that we would take family groups and could take 4 families a year, which could mean up to 100 refugees over the 5 year period. This information has been submitted to the Government and we await their advice on how the resettlement will be carried out.”

 

“These refugee families have been made homeless and vulnerable by a devastating conflict and are in desperate need of a safe, stable home for their children.  The message has gone out from Bedford Borough that we will help our share of these families to start a new, happy and stable life.”

 

For more information on the Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support, please click here.

Information on the King’s Army Project can be found here.

 

 

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