Labour co-leaders Cllr Appich and Allcock have today written to the leader of the council, Cllr Mac Cafferty, urging the administration to bring forward an urgent update report on the new ‘Homes for Ukraine’ refugee support scheme to next week’s Policy & Resources Committee.
The Labour Group welcomes the national ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme at last, having called for a similar citywide scheme last week. However, residents need to know that the Council stands ready and able to help, and that our proud City of Sanctuary is prepared to welcome as many refugees as possible.
Labour have called on Cllr Mac Cafferty to bring a report to Policy & Resources that outlines what preparatory steps the Council has taken and needs to take in order to ensure Brighton & Hove is in the best position to provide safe refuge to those fleeing Ukraine.
Co-leaders of the opposition, Cllrs Appich and Allcock said:
“It’s remarkable there isn’t already a report coming to the Council’s most senior policy committee next week, outlining what steps the Council is taking and plans to take in order to support refugees coming to Brighton & Hove.
“We want to work with administration on getting this right, and ensuring our City of Sanctuary is in the best position to support those fleeing conflict.
“So, we want an update to Committee next week that allows us to constructively scrutinise the work the Council is currently doing on this and identify if there is more we can work together to achieve in the interests of refugees.”