Council Leader responds to refugee crisis

Welcoming the UK Governments response to accept more Syrian refugees and the setting up of a special Task Force by the First Minister, Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: “I am sure many people across Highland are very moved by the desperate situation of the refugees, and like me, strongly feel we should be doing something to ease their plight and play our part in alleviating this humanitarian crisis.

“Here in Highland we will be working with our partners to explore what practical assistance can be given. I am meeting with Political Group Leaders of the Council tomorrow to look at what practical assistance we may be able to provide. This will explore matters including clothing, housing and social services. A representative from the Blythswood charity will be joining us as they have considerable expertise and experience in providing support aid.

She added: “This is a wider and more complex issue than resettling people in the UK – Europe needs practical and sustainable solutions to the root cause as well as addressing the immediate needs and safety of people closer to their home country.”

7 Sep 2015
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