Borough will home up to 36 Syrian refugees

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Scarborough will home 36 Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, it has been announced.

The borough council revealed it is to take in 10 families - but they will not be arriving until 2017 at the earliest.

The council has not revealed where in the borough it is likely to home the refugees, but has stressed that it would not want to the families to be isolated from support and other people in their situation.

A report, which will go before the council’s cabinet on Tuesday also noted that the cost of housing the refugees will be met by the Government.

It notes that it will try wherever possible to place the families in private accommodation but did admit it may have to look to the social housing market as well.

It states: “Given local levels of housing need and numbers of households on the council’s housing register it is appreciated that the use of social housing to support the Refugee Resettlement is highly contentious.

“At the local level the intention therefore shall be in the first instance to try and source private rented accommodation.

“This accommodation where identified would be inspected by council housing officers to ensure it complied with basic standards.

“The council is not however in a position to ‘guarantee’ to Government or the wider partnership that suitable private rented accommodation shall be readily available when required and is therefore reliant on exercising its nomination rights with Registered Providers as a ‘fall-back position’.

“Initial discussions have been had with Yorkshire Coast Homes which has pledged its commitment to supporting these proposals.”

The council had previously pledged its support in doing its part to help those fleeing the war-torn country.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said :“We have every sympathy with the plight of the Syrian Refugees and the council is committed to do what we can to support the Government’s efforts to help to tackle this international humanitarian crisis.”