Help for refugees welcomed by Lib Dems


Leader of the opposition at Cotswold District Council, Councillor Joe Harris has welcomed news that the authority is to look at what it can do to help support refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

As thousands of people continue to travel to Europe the Prime Minister announced the UK would provide refuge for up to 20,000 refugees over the next five years.

Cllr Joe Harris wrote to the leader of the Council on Friday asking about what CDC was planning to do to help alleviate the crisis.  

The authority has today announced that it would help support aid agencies in the area that are supporting refugees and also look at how short term housing could be provided if need is identified. 

Cllr Harris said: “We’ve all been touched by the images in the press and it is important that the Council looks at what it can do in the Cotswolds to support refugees.

I’m glad that the Council are starting to undertake work to try and help refugees and I hope we can have cross party solution going forward. On issues as important as these it is important that politics doesn’t get in that way of progress.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson also wants to see our local authorities taking action.

He commented: “I like many have been horrified by the images on TV and cannot stand back whilst such a disaster is unfolding. 

I’m glad Cotswold District Council are acting and I hope Gloucestershire County Council will step up to the plate and welcome some refugees into our area. The British have a long tradition of receiving refugees fleeing persecution. “

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