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Date set for arrival of first Syrian refugee families in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:56 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:38 24 February 2016

A vigil was held in Ipswich town centre last September in memory of the refugees that have died. Councillors, campaigners and residents turned out to show their support.

A vigil was held in Ipswich town centre last September in memory of the refugees that have died. Councillors, campaigners and residents turned out to show their support.

The first Syrian refugees to be rehomed in Ipswich will arrive in the middle of next month, it has been revealed.

Anglia Care Trust is in charge of finding accommodation for the 200 refugees who will find new homes in Suffolk over the next five years.

The charity has secured housing in Ipswich for three families - made up of 13 Syrian people - who are due to arrive on March 15.

Jane Simpson, director of business support at Anglia Care Trust, said the charity was working closely with Suffolk County Council and the NHS to ensure the refugees were homed in areas where they were school places and health care available.

Anglia Care Trust is resettling the refugees through its Triangle Tenancy Scheme, in which the charity rents properties from private sector landlords and then offers these homes to vulnerable people who are not usually able to access these homes. Funding for this service is provided from charitable trusts and from Anglia Care Trust’s reserves.

“We pay the rent ourselves up-front to the landlord and their housing benefits then comes to us, so we take the financial risk,” Mrs Simpson said. “We then provide an element of support to help them manage their tenancy.”

Around 50 properties across Brandon, Thetford, Ipswich and Lowestoft are currently managed on this basis by Anglia Care Trust.

Mrs Simpson said properties would be found for the Syrian refugees before they arrived in Suffolk, so there would be no delay in getting them into new homes.

It is not known how many refugees will come to Suffolk per year, Mrs Simpson added.

In September, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that Britain would respond to the refugee crisis facing Europe by taking in 20,000 refugees from the camps situated on the borders of Syria over five years.

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