Argyll and Bute ‘to consider ways of supporting Syrian refugees’

Communities across Scotland are mobilising to help refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.

Communities across Scotland are mobilising to help refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.

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Argyll and Bute has become the latest Scottish local authority to announce that it plans to look at ways of supporting refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.

No indication has been given of what form that support might take, although it’s likely to be weeks, rather than days, before the authority decides on its chosen course of action.

UK Chancellor George Osborne has announced that tens of millions of pounds from the UK’s overseas aid budget are to be handed to local councils across the country to help house refugees from Syria and north Africa, while Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says a further £1m will be spent by the Scottish Government.

Argyll and Bute Council leader Dick Walsh said: “In Argyll and Bute we will be working closely with our Community Planning Partners to create a package of support for refugees.

“We have a great track record of working together and those successful partnerships will stand us in good stead at times like this.

“We are forward moving, we are forward looking and we will be taking action.

“Working together, we will be making more detailed plans in the weeks to come to see what we can do to help.”