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RED TAPE HOLDS UP PLANS TO HOUSE REFUGEES

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Plans to house Kosovar refugees in ministry of defence properties have been delayed because councils are having dif...
Plans to house Kosovar refugees in ministry of defence properties have been delayed because councils are having difficulty getting clearance to use the buildings, reports The Herald (p14).

However, the Local Government Association said yesterday that the home office has pledged to sort out the problems by the end of this week.

It is thought local authorities are seeking to use buildings such as disused army barracks or empty housing stock to create homes for the 14,500 refugees expected to be received in Britain by the end of August.

At present, refugees coming into the UK are arriving at Leeds-Bradford airport. From the end of the month Newcastle will be the refugees' destination followed by East Midlands airport between 19 July and 8 August and Birmingham aiport to 19 August.

So far, more than 30 reception centres have been opened. By the end of August that could reach more than 150.

The LGA praised councils for their response to the crisis, which is said had been 'magnificent'.

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