Collaboration key to effective response to refugee crisis


Published Friday 25 September 2015


The Vale of Glamorgan Council has moved swiftly to offer its support to refugees displaced by the crisis in the Middle East.


As part of a collaborative regional approach the Council will participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme and the Home Office scheme associated with the resettlement of Afghan individuals and families. To ensure that the authority is fully able to respond to the crisis £100,000 has been set-aside over a two year period to support asylum seekers and refugees.


Commenting, Councillor Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Services and Community Safety said, “Few people could not have been touched by the images broadcast on our television screens over the past few weeks of families fleeing their war-torn countries in search of safety and a new beginning.  The needs of people displaced by the crisis in the Middle East are immediate and require a swift response from public bodies and partner organisations.”


She added, “We do not underestimate the scale or the complexities of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis nor the preparations and planning required to offer tangible support to families coming to Wales. The Vale of Glamorgan Council is however committed to playing its part in supporting the refugees and believes that this can be best achieved through a co-ordinated and regional response. To this end, the council has already met with colleagues at Cardiff City Council, Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board and community groups.”


Closing Councillor Brooks said, “Clearly there is a lot of work to be done and details to be finalised to help those who need our help now.  The Council Cabinet has therefore moved quickly to delegate the necessary authority to the council’s Head of Housing and Building Services to contribute to a regional and national approach to the refugee crisis.”