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Unanimous support for Syrian refugees

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September 2015

Councillors unanimously agreed to welcome refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to Clackmannanshire at a Special Council meeting this morning.

Clackmannanshire Council will advise CoSLA that it will be willing to play its part in any government arranged Syrian Resettlement Scheme.

Work is already underway at the Council to make preparations to welcome refugees.

Council Leader Les Sharp said: "I'm pleased that we can agree to offer this help to refugees who have suffered so much. Scotland is famous for it's hospitality and we should offer humanitarian support.

"We are looking at the resources we have available and also discussing the issue with our community planning partners. We are all committed to do whatever we can to offer practical support and assistance.

"Many local people are eager to help and have been contacting us to ask what they can do to help and what the Council is doing to help.

"This is a fast moving and complex situation and we await further details from the UK and Scottish Governments as well as CoSLA, as to how this scheme will operate.

"If people wish to help in the short term, the most effective way to help at this stage is to donate to recognised UK charities."