The Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Chris Whitbread, has expressed his sympathy for the plight of the refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria, which is quickly developing into a humanitarian response at a national level following the Prime Minister’s decision that the United Kingdom will assist up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next 5 years.
Cllr Whitbread said “This is such a rapidly developing issue, which I know will be of concern to many residents across the District. I have watched, as have many residents, the distressing images on our television screens. It is quite right that Britain plays its part in this crisis and we await greater clarity from the Government on their proposals.”
“The Council is already in discussions with public sector organisations across Essex and we understand that Essex County Council have set up a group to address a pan-Essex response.”
“At a more local level, Epping Forest District Council has not yet been asked by ministers to provide any assistance to Syrian refugees that may arrive in the UK as a result of the Government’s decision and, indeed, may not receive any request.”
“However, if the Council does receive a request for assistance, we will of course consider all of the issues, including the humanitarian issues of the refugees fleeing conflict.”