North Somerset homes for three refugee families?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:39 02 February 2016

A vote at Weston Town Hall tonight will decide in council tax bills will rise next year.

A vote at Weston Town Hall tonight will decide in council tax bills will rise next year.


Three refugee families from Syria could soon make a home in North Somerset.

North Somerset Council’s executive will discuss whether it is willing to take part in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

Millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes after conflict in the country.

The UK Government plans to house 20,000 Syrian refugees up to 2020.

Under the scheme, the council and other agencies would help the refugees access benefits, work and other services.

The council would also help to provide English language classes.

Mark Hughes, head of housing at the council, said in a document to the executive that the council has high demand for affordable homes, and so could not be confident about the number of refugees it could take over a five-year period.

If the council agrees to take part in the scheme, it may review how many households it can accommodate at a later date.

Mr Hughes said the district would be able to support a small number of families with young children, and some vulnerable older people.

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