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