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LGA responds to PAC report on Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group, responds to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report into the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme.

"Councils have an excellent track record in welcoming asylum seeking and refugee children, as well as their families, and continue to work hard to support the Syrian resettlement scheme alongside all the other schemes in current operation.

"We are confident that there will be sufficient pledges to support the Government's aim to resettle 20,000 people by 2020, and the LGA, Regional Partnerships and authorities will continue to share learning on how best to settle families in their new communities.

"When called upon by government, councils responded quickly, offering their support to make sure vulnerable refugees had a safe place to call home.

"The focus is now on ensuring families are well supported. Councils are and will be helping some of the most vulnerable families fleeing Syria who will need access to ongoing support services to help them cope with injuries, disabilities and recover from the severe trauma they may have experienced."

Related information: Lack of clarity on refugee resettlement poses threat to long-term success

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