Jamie Hailstone 07 September 2015

Councils to receive slice of foreign aid budget to help refugees

Councils to receive slice of foreign aid budget to help refugees image

Local authorities will receive money from the UK’s foreign aid budget to help house refugees from Syria and North Africa.

Over the weekend, chancellor George Osborne told the BBC that the foreign aid budget could ‘help councils with things like housing costs’ as pressure grows to help the thousands of refugees flooding into Eastern Europe.

‘We will deploy the foreign aid budget to help with the costs of these refugees,’ he added.

Council leaders across the country have pledged to help more refugees, including Leeds City Council, Bristol City Council and Liverpool City Council.

Prime minister David Cameron is expected to make a statement later today in the House of Commons outlining how the Government plans to respond to the international crisis.

Last week town hall chiefs warned that Whitehall must fully cover the cost of helping extra refugees.

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Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV image

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV

The crisis in funding for CCTV systems is not being addressed by the government or the police and is leading to the curtailment of this vital service in local authorities across the country. How can we ensure that communities that want this service continue to receive it, asks Tom Reeve.
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