Wakefield offers support to Syria's refugees
7 September 2015
The Leader of
Wakefield Council has confirmed that Wakefield Council will continue its long-
standing commitment to offer refuge to families fleeing conflict and
persecution and has given his support, in principle, to the call from Yvette
Cooper MP for the country’s cities to take 10 refugee families.
The humanitarian crisis across Europe is on a scale not seen on this continent
since World War II and is continuing to escalate as a result of the on-going
conflict in Syria.
Speaking today Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “The
suffering of these families as they are forced by horrific conflict to flee
their homes and lives in Syria is unimaginable.
“We have a strong legacy here in Wakefield of offering a safe haven to those in
desperate circumstances and I can assure people that we will not falter when we
are needed the most. I am proud that Wakefield, the city and the district, will
always stand up and be counted when people need help.
“I am calling on the Government to ensure they step up and play their part to
ensure this country continues the tradition of offering sanctuary. I will also
be seeking assurance that they will provide support and funding for local
councils to help us open our communities to the refugees.”
People can find out more about how they can help refugees at www.wow247.co.uk/2015/09/03/refugee-crisis-europe/