Cherwell commits to continued support for refugees

People who have left their home country in difficult circumstances are to continue to be welcomed in north Oxfordshire as part of a central Government scheme that has proved a success.

Published: Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Cherwell District Council has committed to resettling a further six refugee families from April 2020 onwards. Nine Syrian families have already been resettled with plans to resettle a further three under the existing scheme which runs until March 2020.

The council’s Executive approved a decision to participate in the next phase of the work which will see the UK resettle 5,000 refugees.

Gillian Douglas Assistant Director, Housing and Social Care Commissioning at Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, said: “We are in a good position to accept six more families from April 2020 given our proven track record in sourcing accommodation and appropriate services.

“There are established support networks and partnerships across Oxfordshire that are all well placed to support additional families. The local community have come together to support this scheme and help make it a success. Other Oxfordshire councils are considering continued involvement in addition to what we have agreed in Cherwell.

“The Government clearly judges that there will be a continued need to support refugees from countries affected by war or disaster. It is important we play our part along with partner councils throughout the UK.”