Jo Cox MP welcomes announcement that 100 refugees will land in Kirklees

Jo Cox, Labour parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen, 2015.
Jo Cox, Labour parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen, 2015.

Spen’s MP has praised Kirklees Council’s announcement that 100 refugees will be welcomed across the district during the next two years.

The council proposes to resettle 50-60 individual refugees in the first year and a further 50-60 people in the second year – and two families will arrive before Christmas.

Coun Erin Hill, Cabinet Member for Family Support, said the plan prioritises help for survivors of torture and violence, women and children at risk and those who need medical care.

Batley and Spen MP for Labour, Jo Cox, said: “The civil war in Syria is the worst humanitarian tragedy of our generation and one that our government, and the world, is failing to deal with adequately.

“But Kirklees Council’s response has been exemplary and I can’t praise the work of our councillors enough.

“This great work is of course mirrored within our local community – the wonderful generosity of local people, and local organisations such as One Nation, PKWA and others here in Batley and Spen really makes me proud.”

Central government will pay for arrivals in the first two year, supporting housing, management, health and education costs. Staffing costs to cover administration of the scheme will also be met.

Plans to secure homes and any necessary school places or health support for the families are now under way. Homes will initially be allocated through Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing or a localregistered social landlord.

Figures for those being resettled will be reviewed in the second year of the plan.

The government have planned to resettle 20,000 people across Britain as families flee persecution and danger in war-torn countries such as Syria.

Coun Erin Hill said: “At the first opportunity, we committed to offering support to the Syrian refugees who have been through unimaginable trauma and need a safe place to live. Our priority has always been to move the refugees into safe, secure and supported housing. We have been working on this for some time to make sure we identify appropriate homes, and in the right location.

Since then, the voluntary and community sector and council officers have really stepped up to ensure that we can welcome our share.”