South Gloucestershire Council Leader’s statement on situation in Ukraine

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“South Gloucestershire has always played its part in helping to support and to resettle people affected by conflict who have come to this country. Our thoughts are focused on the terrible events in Ukraine and of course we stand ready to play our role in resettling people forced to flee the war in that country.

We will engage positively with the Government to support any scheme they establish to bring in refugees from Ukraine and I know that our residents will hold out the hand of friendship and welcome to them.

“We await details of any new scheme and also welcome the Government’s announcement that Ukrainians already settled in the UK can bring their immediate family members to join them. This provides a route for Ukrainians fleeing disaster, war and persecution to come here. We also welcome the announcement of a further £40 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine to provide vital medical supplies.”

Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Toby Savage