The Argyll and Bute SNP Councillors Group has welcomed First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s early announcement regarding the Scottish Government’s support for refugees seeking safety in Europe, before the detail of the UK Government’s commitments is known.
The Group recognises the early response of Argyll and Bute Council and local Registered Social Landlords, and their collective agreement to provide accommodation for 20 families in the first instance.
Sandy Taylor, Leader of the group of SNP Councillors, has asked Council Leader Dick Walsh, to make a statement to elected members at this week’s Community Services Committee. Mr Taylor has asked Mr Walsh to confirm the detail of discussions, decisions and commitments made to specific actions, so that Members can be satisfied that Argyll & Bute Council is doing all it can.
Mr Taylor says: ‘Meeting earlier this week, SNP Councillors expressed their pride in how communities across Argyll and Bute have responded, offering to welcome people into their own homes, organising coffee mornings and other fundraising activities, donating bedding, clothing and other household items in anticipation of refugees coming to live in our communities in Argyll and Bute.
‘The whole of Scotland was horrified with the image of that little boy , dead on the beach. We are a compassionate nation and Argyll is a place that has always taken in strangers.
The Council has assets which it could deploy to help those who are in desperate need of help. I hope the Council Leader will assure us that everything that can be done is being done. The SNP group stands ready to ensure that we are not found wanting .’