Catherine West MP said: "Last December, I invited Lord Alf Dubs to Hornsey & Wood Green to talk about his “Dubs amendment” to the Immigration Act 2016, under which the government agreed to take in around 3,000 young refugees. You can now view a short video of that meeting ‘Young Refugees: who’s looking out for them?’, which also includes excerpts from other speakers.
I strongly supported the Dubs amendment in Parliament – and I’m appalled that last week the Home Secretary sneaked out the disgraceful news that it plans to abandon the scheme with just a fraction of that number admitted. I will continue doing everything I can in Parliament to urge the Government to reconsider this immoral change in policy.
Lastly, a message from one group who are taking some practical steps to help a Syrian refugee family: do you rent out property in Haringey, or do you know anyone who does? If so, please consider renting to a Syrian refugee family. Muswell Hill Methodist Church is working to bring a Syrian refugee family to the UK under the government’s new Community Sponsorship scheme, and are urgently looking for a suitable home in the borough to rent. The lease would be at the Local Housing Allowance rate (£1,365 a month for a 2-bedroom property) but would be guaranteed for two years. This is a wonderful way to rescue at least one family from the misery of Syria’s war, while still making financial sense. If you might be interested, please contact Paul Eedle firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.”