STATEMENT FROM UK LOCAL GOVT ASSOCIATION
LGA RESPONDS TO REFUGEE CRISIS
Responding to the refugee crisis, Cllr David Simmonds CBE, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group, said:
“No-one can fail to have been affected by the tragic scenes we have all witnessed as the refugee crisis has developed over recent days. Councils across the country are playing their part and local government has an excellent track record in supporting refugee children and their families.
“The LGA has been in discussions with government over a number of years on such issues and is committed to urgently working together to find new solutions. Any support offered by councils must be on a voluntary basis where support can be adequately provided.
“However, central government has to recognise that any costs associated with this international problem must be fully met by Whitehall.”
September 3, 2015