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Council in Cambridgeshire considers housing refugees in empty MOD buildings

Cllr James Palmer Credit: East Cambridgeshire District Council

A council in Cambridgeshire is looking into whether it can house Syrian refugees in empty Ministry of Defence buildings in Ely.

East Cambridgeshire District Council is taking the measure to prepare for if is asked by the government to take in refugees, as it has no housing stock of its own.

The government has pledged to take 20,000 refugees over the course of this parliament.

"Many residents have been affected by the displacement of the people of Syria as a result of the onward assault from ISIS. Central Government has made a clear commitment to take 20000 refugees from camps in Syria and if we at East Cambs are requested to take some of these refugees and there is Government funding to do so,we will.

"Unlike some other authorities we do not have housing stock but we areaware of empty Ministry of Defence housing in Ely and will contact the Ministryto see if these houses may be utilised. We would also like to offer the services of the council to those members of the public who may wish to register their houses as potential homes for refugees."

– Cllr James Palmer, Leader ofEast Cambridgeshire District Council