Syrian Refugee Resettlement Councillor Briefing – 17.09.15

Southend-on-Sea’s current position:

We have drafted a response to the LGA putting forward an initial figure of 10 refugees in total with a preference for families.

This is based on the fact that details of the resettlement scheme including the funding element are yet to be confirmed. Also we are already working with the Home Office on the expansion of the Asylum Dispersal scheme and the impact of that on local services is yet to be seen.

In the response we have raised a number of questions about the process and the funding and have stated that once more information is released about the scheme we will reassess the numbers we would be able to support.

All the regional responses are being compiled nationally by the LGA.

(Not my words!)

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