Scotland made room for refugees but new report reveals Tory bigwigs kept door shut in their own areas;
THE Prime Minister and her Cabinet cronies have been named and shamed for failing to keep promises to offer refuge to 20,000 people fleeing war.
THERESA May has been told to lead by example and encourage her local council to take their share of the Syrian refugees arriving in the UK.
The Prime Minister and leading members of her Cabinet have been named and shamed in a hard-hitting report by MPs – for failing to keep promises to offer refuge to 20,000 people fleeing war in the next four years.
The report, by the Commons’ home affairs committee, paints a shocking picture of Britain’s response to the European refugee crisis.
It reveals Scots councils have taken in 610 out of 1602 refugees, slightly more than a third of the total resettled from Syria in the last year under the Government’s vulnerable people scheme.
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While Scotland has opened its doors, some parts of the UK have not offered help.
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham accused the Government of “failing to keep their promise to take in refugees”.
The report shows there is a “two-tier system” of local authorities responding to the resettlement programme.
Shamefully, none of the holders of the four great offices of state in the UK Cabinet – Prime Minister, Chancellor, Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary – has any Syrian refugees staying in council areas covered by their constituencies.
The report urged ministers to encourage their own councils to take their “fair share” of refugees.
A similar two-tier system applies in the level of support local authorities provide for other asylum seekers, with Glasgow leading the way in that area in the UK.
Argyll and Bute has taken 58 refugees, Edinburgh 53 and Glasgow 51. Local authority areas West Dunbartonshire (49), North Lanarkshire (33) and Aberdeen (30) have also taken in vulnerable Syrians, reflecting the concerns of locals. But other councils in Scotland, and also in some parts of the UK, have not taken any refugees.
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The Daily Record were crowned “Refugee Champions” after we published a series of stories highlighting the plight of Syrian families fleeing terror.
The recognition, by the Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards, came after our extensive coverage showed the compassion felt by Scottish people for those forced to flee war and persecution.
Our campaign – with the #WeHaveRoom hashtag – was inspired by images of little Alan Kurdi’s death on a Turkish beach as his family joined those fleeing Isis.