Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th September 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have formulated guidelines for voluntary charitable organisations involved in the settlement of Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom; and if not, whether they plan to do so.

Photo of Lord Bridges of Headley Lord Bridges of Headley The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government is seeking a solution to the crisis in Syria and contributing over £1billion of humanitarian aid. We are proposing that the UK resettles 20,000 Syrian refugees over the rest of this Parliament. The Home Office, local authorities and civil society partners are leading work on resettlement.

The Minister for Syrian Refugees and the Minister for Civil Society recently hosted a roundtable discussion with leading charities to agree with our partners how best to harness the strong desire expressed by the public, and a range of organisations, to welcome Syrian refugees to the UK. This was part of the wider co-ordination and cross-government work that the Home Office is leading.

There are currently no plans to formulate any formal guidelines for charities but we have provided further information via GOV.UK and charity websites on how members of the public and civil society organisations can contribute to helping Syrian refugees.

We will continue to work with leading charities to support a coordinated effort.

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