Council says it’s ready to help Syrian refugees

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A COUNCIL has said that it is ready to ‘respond positively’ to help Syrian refugees.

Winchester City Council has assessed its ability to help and said it is ready to support the programme if required.

Hampshire County Council is co-ordinating the placements to ensure housing takes account of education, health and support needs.

Winchester will match housing requirements once the county has found school places.

Cllr Caroline Horrill, Winchester’s portfolio holder for housing, said: ‘We have yet to see any resettlement in Winchester but we remain committed to responding positively if the need arises.’

She added the authority would use the private rented sector and not the council’s housing stock. The authority is expecting small numbers – three or four families a year over five years.