Pledge to do all county can to help refugees

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE Leader of Bucks county coun­cil has vowed it will play its part in the refugee cri­sis.

In an in­ter­view with the BBC, Martin Tett, said: “Cer­tainly here in Buck­ing­hamshire, we stand ready to play our part with the gov­ern­ment in shar­ing that bur­den across the UK.”

The politi­cian said that if he had the space and it was ur­gent enough, he would house some­one in his own home.

Mr Tett said that the refugees would re­quire ex­tra re­sources from coun­cils across the coun­try.

He said: “The im­pli­ca­tions of this are much wider than just food and shel­ter and will last for years, so we do need gov­ern­ment sup­port on a mas­sive scale for this.”

He high­lighted that ex­tra fund­ing would be needed in the county’s health care, more child sup­port as well as money to care for the vul­ner­a­ble el­derly refugees.

“We need to think through how Europe as a whole will re­spond to these sorts of pres­sures.”

Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne has said that money from the UK’s in­ter­na­tional aid bud­get will be used to help coun­cils house refugees from Syria.

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