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SLC Signal Interest In SVPRS
South Lanarkshire Council chiefs have told the Scottish Government they would be interested in helping to accommodate Syrian refugees.
Further discussions are set to take place but a number of issues “should be considered in relation to the participation” of the local authority, according to a report that went before councillors.
The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme provides support for survivors of torture and violence, women and children at risk and those in need of medical care.
A report to the council’s executive committee states that support from partner agencies would be a “vital consideration” to South Lanarkshire taking in refugees.
Clarification would also be needed on the scale of funding from the UK and Scottish Governments, and how health and social care costs would be met.
There is a question over whether refugees should be resettled in one place or across South Lanarkshire, and the use of the social rented sector or the private rented sector.
The report also states: “Accommodating those in greatest need will result in greater pressure on local services.”
A ministerial-led refugee taskforce has been established to co-ordinate Scotland’s practical response to the crisis, following an emergency summit hosted by the First Minister.
The council report adds: “It is impossible to say at the moment how many people South Lanarkshire Council may be able to accommodate, because of the issues about access to services and families and relatives wanting to be near one another.
“Details on the exact spending of the funding will be made in the light of the work of the taskforce and discussions with frontline organisations to determine where funding is most needed.”
Almost half of the 21million pre-conflict population of Syria is now displaced.