WLGA statement on the refugee crisis

Friday, 04 September 2015

Cllr Dyfed Edwards, WLGA spokesperson on Housing stated -

“The tragic scenes across Europe as the refugee crisis has developed touches and deeply affects all who witness the growing humanitarian crisis. This is an issue that demands a new spirit of unity and commitment across all European Governments in terms of coming forward with practical and swift solutions to offset the unfolding tragedy. 

"Councils across the country are playing their part and local government has an excellent track record in supporting refugee children and their families.

“The WLGA and our partners in England the LGA have been in discussions with national and devolved government over a number of years on these 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 recognize that the costs associated with this international problem must be fully met and funded through general taxation and not simply passed onto shrinking local authority budgets.”

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