The work by Harrogate Borough Council in support of Ukraine

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Support for Ukraine is coming from many quarters. Throughout Harrogate there have been a number of groups making collections of essential items, and facilitating transportation.

Harrogate Borough Council is also providing support, and it has undertaken the following:

  • HBC housing team have been asked to identify available properties so that they can react quickly to provide accommodation for refugees, as they did for Syrian and Afghan refugees.
  • The government has made it clear that refugees will have access to public funds and the HBC benefits team are ready to assist.
  • They are working with Jenny Travena, a former independent councillor, who is working with the Harrogate District of Sanctuary to coordinate our efforts when refugees arrive
  • Taking part in the government’s matching scheme to provide suitable accommodation with individuals and families fleeing the war when the final arrangements for it are announced.
  • Determined that theye no contracts with Russian companies nor investments with them.
  • Cancelled performances at the Rotyal Hall from Russian linked companies.
  • Shown our solidarity with the people of Ukraine by hoisting their flag at the Civic Centre and the War Memorial.
Cllr-Richard-Cooper
Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council

Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said:

This is a humanitarian crisis and we need to do all we can to support refugees. There is clearly a national dimension and the government need to pull their collective finger out and get the visa situation sorted rapidly.

Locally we need to be ready to help at a council level and at a community level. That is why we are committed to providing suitable housing, benefits support and backing those community groups who have done such a fantastic job with the Syrian and Afghan refugees – more of whom are being resettled here shortly.

We have taken other measures and I know that the county council are doing so too. It is a terrible situation and we need to do what we can.

 

6 Comments

  1. I am considering helping too, who do I contact to find out the ins and outs of doing this please?

  2. Please could you make available the procedures required to offer a home for refugees in Harrogate.

    Thank you

  3. I am currently registered with the government and two other sites and waiting to hear back from two families. Also I do have recent DBS check so am ready to help. Nice to know there it’s lots of support when we can finally help properly! Thank you

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