MP calls for support for Syrian refugees

Berwick's MP has pressed Ministers to support and encourage foster carers so that authorities like Northumberland County Council can continue to provide support for Syrian refugees.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 10:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 10:14 am
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Northumberland County Council is currently providing homes and family support for Syrian refugees and the Minister for Immigration, Caroline Nokes said she was very grateful for the work the authority is doing.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP said: “I have been working with the council on this issue since I was elected and I am pleased that our patch is playing its part in supporting families and children who have had to leave Syria.

“It is important that we continue to support councils and encourage people to become foster carers so that we provide unaccompanied children with safe families and homes, which will offer the loving and caring environment that they deserve and need.”

Caroline Nokes informed the House of Commons that Northumberland County Council recently received funding through the controlling migration fund to boost its capacity to look after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and that Government was reviewing funding arrangements for local authorities that look after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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Afterwards, Mrs Trevelyan said: “I am delighted the Minister confirmed the Government is committed to boosting fostering capacity and that they will be reviewing funding arrangements for local authorities that look after unaccompanied children.

“This is a really important step forward and I look forward to continuing discussions with the Minister on supporting those families and children that need our help.”