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The Government announced, in the summer of 2019, a new refugee resettlement programme, the United Kingdom Resettlement Scheme. This scheme will resettle refugees from many different nationalities and will consolidate a number of existing programmes. Local authorities have been invited to submit pledges to resettle refugees under the new scheme and many district councils in Lancashire and Blackpool Council have already committed to participate. The scheme is fully funded by central Government, with no financial implications to local authorities. Lancashire County Council is already working with other local authorities in Lancashire to deliver the Syrian Resettlement Programme and the Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme, through which over 600 refugees have been resettled in Lancashire in the past four years.

Since the summer of 2021 the focus has moved to the emergency resettlement of refugees brought to the UK from Afghanistan.

Staff are employed to develop specialist help for settled refugees in areas of employment and training, health and community development and support.

There are also a number of grant funding schemes available to local organisations offering services for refugees in Lancashire

Contact: Rebecca Novell, <[email protected]>

There is a Private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1493574074118530/ 

Please email to apply to join it.