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Statement regarding Syrian refugees

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the UK government's decision to accept more Syrian refugees, Malvern Hills District Council has issued the following statement:

Cllr Melanie Baker, portfolio holder for housing on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We have always been clear the reason Malvern Hills District Council and our partners are currently unable to support the Syrian refugee programme is the lack of government funding which means the significant financial shortfall would be picked up by South Worcestershire tax payers. However I contacted the minister asking for a meeting to stress the importance of the Government changing its stance on funding so we could review our position – clearly this is now the case.

 "We are now awaiting more detail following the Prime Minister's announcement; in particular which areas the Government feels would be most suitable to relocate refugees to and the funding arrangements. We expect the details will be forthcoming over the next few days and we will then discuss our response with all our partners at a meeting of Worcestershire council leaders later this month.

"However I must stress, the reality remains we would only be able to offer support with the involvement of our partners as part of a wider South Worcestershire plan and if proper funding is made available by the Government."