Landlord offers two houses for refugees as Northampton Borough Council pledges to do its bit

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A landlord has offered two Northamptonshire houses to the local council in order to house Syrian refugees - and is encouraging others to do the same.

Lisa Griffin, from Pytchley, said she wanted to act after realising that local authorities are willing, yet unable, to help accommodate families fleeing war in Middle Eastern countries.

She said: “I know that councils just don’t have the housing stock so the only people able to help are landlords.”

Mrs Griffin said that if 20 homes were found for refugees in each local authority area, the UK would fulfil even the highest suggested quotas.

Any houses offred could have refugees allocated to them afer being assessed through the UN-backed Support the Gateway Protection Programme.

Mrs Griffin said: “I would like to appeal to all landlords in the country to contact their local authority, and they can use email addresses and template letters on my Facebook page.”

As well as offering homes, Mrs Griffin is also involved with a team of volunteers in Pytchley who are collecting furniture, food and clothing.

Meanwhile, Northampton Borough Council said it would help rehome refugees but has not yet specified how or how many.

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “There will be a national initiative to rehome Syrian refugees and we will play our part in that.”

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