Oxford City Council makes refugee offer

Published: Wednesday, 23rd September 2015

Oxford City Council have made an offer to the government of a pilot in Oxford to house refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

The offer of an initial pilot of ten households is to assess the systems that have been proposed and to test their appropriateness. Due to the challenging housing market in Oxfordshire, these initial families will be placed in private rented accommodation.

The Council expects the cost of housing and supporting these refugees to be met by the government. This will be discussed over the coming weeks to ensure there is no negative impact on any provision to refugees or vulnerable people already in the city.

The City Council are continuing to work with the County Council, district councils, volunteer, community and faith groups, on an Oxfordshire-wide response to accommodate refugees fleeing from the Syrian war.

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “This pilot is an initial short-term solution to assess where we are with our plans and see if we are on the right track.

“We will continue to work with the County and district councils to develop a sustainable long-term plan. Further meetings are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks and we are confident of creating a process that will provide the right level of support to refugees coming to the city.”