Hackney demands more money to house Syrians

Romacamp: Tent village camp of homeless people (Rimanian Roma, Poles?) under road bridge (North Circular, M25?) on the River Lea/Lee just S of Broxbourne 040315 © DA
Hive 260 Kingsland Rd Haggerston take donations from Hackney people for refugees at Calais 060915 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Main picture, a camp of Romany migrants under a ring-road bridge in NE London, not quite as harsh as the conditions Syrian people endure on entry to Europe. Above, a popup donation centre in Hackney

* UPDATE February 2017: Thanks to public pressure the situation is improving as volunteer bodies take matters into their own hands. See link at end of this article

CONFUSED MESSAGES on how Hackney people can help Syrian refugees are being sent out by the council.

The latest comes from Mayor Jules Pipe after a Loving Dalston story that compared Islington council’s eagerness to take Syrians with the  approach of its Hackney neighbour.

Hackney was contradicting itself, first telling Loving Dalston it “didn’t have any details” then saying it was involved in the government scheme. None of its answers was useful to residents wishing to accommodate Syrians.

It comes down to money. Hackney is worried about the potential bills once government cash to fund Prime Minister Cameron’s promise that the UK will take 20,000 migrants runs out.

Pipe issued a statement, in which he said that “we aren’t expecting to be asked to accept any Syrian refugee households until the spring [2016] at the earliest”.

Support for refugees and asylum-seekers would be needed for years, “so a long-term strategic approach that recognises this and is able to secure the financial investment required is necessary”.

He pointed out that “the Government has committed to funding the costs of supporting these refugees in the UK for the first year, but that this funding will taper off between years two and five to as little as £1,000 a year”.

pipeseriouse: Mayor Jules Pipe at the Hackney debate 190315 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Welcome to Hackney? Mayor Jules Pipe makes his point

Pipe said that as well as working with Citizens UK and Hackney Migrant Centre, his council had set up a webpage and a phone hotline to provide Hackneyites  with details of how tho support refugee families.

However, asked also for detail of financial assistance for landlords willing to provide shelter, a council official was unable to give any nor any specific information on payments for people letting a room to an unaccompanied child from the benighted country of Bashar Assad and Daesh/Whevs.

Hamish Scott 081215

* Backstory: Hackney hesitates; Hackney Hive opens refugee aid drop-off 

* How you can help refugees.

* This government site answers some questions, as does that of activist group Hackney Unites

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