Thirty more Syria refugees could be coming to Southend in the next two years at a cost of more than £25,000 a year.Great! They'll fit in really well with all the beggars and addicts in the high street!
Currently, nine refugees, who arrived in 2016, are housed in the district. However, Southend Council said it is struggling to put the support in place for the refugees as they do not have the funding available.
A solution to be discussed at the next cabinet meeting on Tuesday is to take in an extra 30 refugees, as this would open up more funding availability which can be pooled to support all refugees.You can't handle 9, so you get more? Is Southend Council like some sort of animal hoarder? Should psychiatrists get involved?
The cost for 30 families would by £255,600 for the first year, and £360,000 in total for the next five years, which would be funded by government.No. It wouldn't. It'd be funded by the poor bloody taxpayer, as usual.
Council documents also include a projection for taking in 50 more refugees, with projected costs of a total of £426,000 for the first three years.So it isn't even going to stop at 30? Way to bury the lede, 'Echo'!
Councillor Lesley Salter, cabinet member for healthy communities and wellbeing, said: “None of us could be anything but deeply moved by the awful scenes of Syrian refugees fleeing war from 2014 onwards. It was clear when the programme was announced, and it is still clear now that we need to offer our small but not insignificant support to this humanitarian crisis. It is the right and humane thing to do and I think local people expect us to continue to show leadership and respond accordingly to this.”Well, let's see what local people have to say about it, shall we?