Refugees Welcome Haringey are calling on Cllr Claire Kober, leader of Haringey Council, to ensure the resettlement of four Syrian refugee families in the borough by Christmas 2016 via the Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) scheme. The scheme is funded by central Government. Refugees will be living in private rented accommodation, not social housing, and will be entitled to work and claim benefits.
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To clarify, The VPR scheme brings people directly from camps close to the conflict region. Not those currently in Northern France etc. People are selected by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the scheme is open only to those whose vulnerabilities mean they would not be safe in their current location. To give you some context, this is the programme which also relocated Afghan interpreters who served the British military and therefore were at immediate threat of murder in Afghanistan.
It is a common trope to say 'charity begins at home' and 'we should be helping our own pensioners' but there is plenty of money to bail out the banks or to bomb people in Syria, isn't there? It is an austerity myth to say there is a limited pot of money to go round. The bedroom tax for example, has saved not a penny, and yet has forced people out of their homes and neighbourhoods. You have to ask why. The national debt has gone through the roof as austerity policies have reduced the governments income, but guess what? They proceed with more of the same. They want us fighting over the crumbs.