Lincs: County council and district council are preparing to help out with the refugee crisis if needed

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Lincs County Council and West Lindsey District Council are getting prepared to help out with the refugee crisis if required.

Tony Hill, spokesperson from Lincs County Council, said: “The government has yet to inform us about its plans for the Syrian refugees.

“However, we need to be prepared so we can react quickly and positively when the plans are announced.

“Local authorities and local services will be working together over the next few days to put a plan in place to ensure that support services are available to help the refugees and their families should they be required.”

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Jeff Summers, said: “West Lindsey District Council recognises the pain and distress being suffered by people displaced by combat action in several countries. The increased need to support people seeking asylum is a situation we cannot ignore.

“In response to the present situation I have tasked officers in West Lindsey to assess our capability to assist in the accommodation of those seeking asylum.”

Chief Executive of West Lindsey District Council, Manjeet Gill, said: “Local partners and councils in the county are working together to coordinate what extra support is needed.

“We have nominated Coun Bierley, our Chair of Prosperous Communities Committee, and Sarah Troman and Michelle Howard, our key officers, as the key call upon the district will be to provide for housing needs.

“We will also work with the voluntary sector and churches to ensure full support is given.”