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SCOTS COUNCILS 'MORE THAN HAPPY' TO HELP GLASGOW WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS

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In light of another stabbing in Glasgow last night COSLA today ...
In light of another stabbing in Glasgow last night COSLA today

urged Glasgow City Council to forget their differences and get round the

table with them to try and find a workable solution to their current

difficulties with asylum seekers.

COSLA's European and international affairs

spokesperson Christine May said: 'The last thing that anyone wants to see

is a repeat of the tragic events that have taken place in Scotland over the

last three days.

'It is an extremely difficult situation that Glasgow City Council find

themselves in and we are anxious to help in any way that we can.

'There have been reports in the media (see LGCnet) that no other councils are

willing to help - this is simply not true. I know for a fact

that some, including my own (Fife) are in a position to and would be

willing to help.

'I would encourage Glasgow to get in touch with COSLA as soon as possible

with a view to holding a meeting at which we can look at the best way of

helping them and those people seeking asylum in Scotland.'

COSLA chief executive Oonagh Aitken added that: 'COSLA would be more than

happy to accommodate any request for a meeting from Glasgow City Council and

would be willing to encourage member councils to look at the situation.'

* see LGCnetfor 'CHISHOLM URGES 'INTEGRATION NOT CONFRONTATION' ON ASYLUM ISSUE'

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