‘We will play our part’
CHILTERN District Council (CDC) has vowed to ‘play its part’ in the ongoing refugee crisis.
In a statement read out at a full council meeting last week, leader Isobel Darby also said that while the council is awaiting further advice from government, they will be keeping a record of any offers of help they receive and expecting additional costs to be met by central government funds.
Cllr Darby said: “Chiltern, along with its partners, is preparing to play its part in offering assistance to refugees.
“The government has confirmed the UK will accept 20,000 refugees over the next five years from camps next to the conflict areas.
“Until we have clear guidelines on how this is to be handled, bearing in mind eligibility for refugee status is complex, the council is keeping a record of people offering support and assistance. This should place us in a
CRISIS: A refugee holds a child near a ferry at the port of Mytilini in Lesbos, Greece position to act swiftly.
“We will seek to work with local communities to provide links to the wider community network through churches, mosques, food banks and community advice centres, should refugees be accepted in the local area.
“We remain mindful of the pressing needs of vulnerable residents within our communities, and our focus on them will not waver. We expect any additional costs to help refugees to be met by central government funds.”