Council ‘struggling’ to resettle refugees

By William Eichler | 11 January 2018

A Welsh authority is struggling to rehouse Syrian refugees because of a shortage of suitable housing.

In a report on the progress of Conwy CBC’s participation in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS), the council warned it was ‘experiencing difficulties in securing suitable accommodation’ for refugees.

The authority aimed to receive five families in 2016/17.

However, it has only been able to accept two Syrian families - six individuals in total.

Conwy stressed it was ‘committed to receiving further families’ but warned its housing services were experiencing difficulties in securing affordable accommodation in the private rented sector.

The report read: ‘There is a limited availability of suitable properties available at the Local Housing Allowance levels due to the demand on the sector.'

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