Refugees will be helped with healthcare, education and jobs by Northampton Borough Council

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Refugees from Syria will be offered help to settle in Northampton by local authorities, it has been revealed.

Last month Northampton Borough Council leader Mary Markham said the Guildhall would “do its bit” to help those displaced by war in the Middle Eastern country.

Officials, along with County Hall colleagues, have now met with the Government to see what assistance councils in Northamptonshire can give.

A Northampton Borough Council spokeswoman said: “We have met with the Home Office and regional Strategic Migration Partnership and are very much following the lead from central Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocations Scheme.

“This scheme has not yet been extended to Northamptonshire and the way in which it will be is still under discussion.

“We’re looking to establish a local support network, working with partnership agencies, so that we can offer refugees help with issues such as healthcare, education and employment to help them settle in Northampton and to minimise pressure on local services.”

The council said the support network is “already a work in progress” so officers can be ready when the Government allocates refugees to Northamptonshire.

However, the number of those needing to be resettled here is still not known.

Home Office staff have said they will work first with areas who have established arrangements to receive refugees, and this will decide how many the remaining councils - including Northampton Borough - will be asked to accommodate.

The Guildhall spokeswoman said: “The Government has committed to helping 20,000 refugees, however as the national scheme is still in the development stages it is too early to decide on a figure for each local council.

“With more than 300 local authorities across the country we will, of course, seek to play our part to in responding to the refugee crisis.”

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