Council seeks more carers and lodgings for asylum seekers

KIRKLEES Council has been asked to re-home children seeking asylum in the near future. 

Cabinet members will be asked to agree to accept the children, fleeing civil war in Syria and events in the Middle East and North Africa as an unprecedented number of migrants arrive in Europe.

The proposal will ask for cabinet approval to join the government-led scheme to take five children here initially, and also take part in the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Programme, in which around 20 people from four or five families would come to Kirklees.

The Home Office is asking local authorities to resettle 0.07 per cent of their children and young people’s population. This would be up to 69 children for Kirklees.

But due to a lack of space it is likely the number re-homed in the district will fall well below this.

Coun Graham Turner, who is working with Migration Yorkshire at a regional level, said: “We are expected to take a maximum 0.07 per cent of our child population – which is 69 – but we are recommending we only take five this financial year as we simply don’t have the places available.

“We need the public to come forward and offer to be involved.

“We will need an increase in foster carers and supported lodgings providers to enable the council to do more.”

Coun Turner added: “Councillors were unanimous in our support for the Syrian Resettlement Programme and we have families here now living safely in our communities.

“While this scheme from government is voluntary, I am sure we would want to help.

“We have a long tradition of welcoming people who need our support and I was delighted by the response from our communities when we accepted refugees last year.

“We are proposing a number that we feel we can support and will work with our partners and the voluntary community sector to make sure that is the case if cabinet colleagues agree.”

Cabinet meets to discuss the proposal on Monday.

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