Layla Moran MP has said extra money must be granted to councils to provide vital services to help refugees settle. Layla said "Oxford is proud of its role as a “city of sanctuary”, but years of slashed council funding will limit the abilities of councils to offer education, housing, mental health and language provision to help refugees settle in the UK".
Layla has already called for the UK to prioritise the safety of people at risk in Afghanistan, by creating a safe corridor, so people can leave the country.
During her speech in parliament, Layla urged the UK government to aim to help more people, highlighting that the government’s aim to house 5,000 refugees this year is only 7 people per constituency, and 20,000 people would be only 30 per constituency.
Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said: “To help people settle, housing, education, language provision and mental health support from councils will be vital. Many of those seeking refuge will have suffered serious trauma, and that must be supported.
Councils stand ready, they want to open their doors. Oxford is proud to be a city of sanctuary. But when the Government has slashed their funding for years, we cannot just expect councils to bear the burden of our obligations to Afghans by themselves. If the new settlement scheme isn’t properly funded and resourced, it will fail.”
This week, Lib Dem Leader at the Vale of White Horse, Cllr Emily Smith, said that the district council is ready to help refugees who will be arriving in the UK from Afghanistan, but has called on the government to act quickly and to do more to support this process by ensuring that the necessary resources are made immediately available.