‘We will play our part’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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