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Refugee Update

Fenland District Council have been in talks with the Local Government Association and other agencies to gain further understanding of the Government's announcement to house 20,000 refugees over the rest of the Parliament.

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We realise that many Fenland residents are keen to get involved and help refugees. We understand from updates that guidance is developing for such residents and we will be working closely with partners such as the County Council to spread awareness of this as it develops locally.

The Home offices priorities are on continuing to provide humanitarian aid to those most in need in the region and to actively end the crisis. They believe that this approach is the best way to ensure that the UK's help has the greatest impact for the majority of refugees who remain in the region and their host countries.

In terms of residents in our area who are considering offering private accommodation for the refugees current guidance is;

·         At this stage we are waiting further information about how refugees brought into Britain will be supported;

·         We suggest residents check the Home Office website; www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office as this will be updated when further information is available.

One of the priority groups will be children and young people, so you could offer fostering as a way of support and we would ask residents who would consider this to contact Cambridgeshire County Council.

We will update this webpage when addition guidance is received  and are engaging with established networks and partners to ensure that we respond as appropriate in the most efficient and effective manner.

Article added, 22 September 2015