Refugees to get seven-bed home while 1,132 wait on council list.

 

SYRIAN refugees will be given a seven-bedroom home in one of the most desirable parts of Britain, it was revealed last night.

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The home in Rye has caused anger among residents who say locals should get priority

The spacious property – worth an estimated £400,000 – is in Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s constituency of historic Rye, East Sussex.

The furnished end-of-terrace home has been empty for two years but is now reserved for “imminent arrivals” by Rother Council, which has 1,132 people waiting for social housing.

It is part of the Government’s plans to speed up the resettlement of people fleeing the war-torn country.

But the controversial move has divided the coastal town.

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The property is worth an estimated £400,000

I think it’s absolutely disgraceful when people are homeless

Neighbour

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I think it’s absolutely disgraceful when people are homeless. Maybe a family with three or four children could have that house or veterans. I don’t think this should be allowed.”

The property, close to the harbour and with on-street parking, was previously used as accommodation for needy young people. Sanctuary Group, the landlord, said refugees will be moved in under the care of Rother District Council as part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme.

They are expected within weeks. Ukip home affairs spokeswoman Jane Collins said: “What more proof do we need of the Government not putting British people first?

“The UK has always assisted genuine refugees and should continue to do so but the simple facts remain that people who are British, who have paid their taxes and contributed to the system, should be the first priority of both local and central government.

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The furnished end-of-terrace home has been empty for two years

“This is about fairness. Most people in this country can only dream of living in a seven-bedroom house.”

Of the people waiting for social housing, 158 want three-bedroom homes, 31 are looking for four-bedroom properties, six need five bedrooms and one is waiting for a six-bedroomed house.

The Government has committed to resettling 20,000 refugees from the Middle East and north Africa by 2020.

More than 7,000 Syrians have already arrived.

The UK has pledged £2.46billion towards the humanitarian crisis.

Ms Rudd said: “It is vitally important we focus our support on the most vulnerable refugees in the region who have fled the atrocities in Syria, whatever their nationality.

“I am proud that the UK is continuing to be proactive and by expanding the scheme we are making sure our doors continue to remain open to the people who most need our help.”

Last night a spokesman for Rother Council said: “Like councils across the country we need to provide housing for refugees fleeing the civil war to play our part to meet targets laid down by central government.

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Ukip’s Jane Collins criticised the decision

“As the property was not being used we asked the housing association if they could make it available as accommodation for Syrian refugees, which they have agreed to do. There are currently no refugees in the property.

“We currently have no families on our housing list who require a seven-bedroom house so allocating this property to refugees is not depriving a family of the property they require.”

Simon Clark, of Sanctuary Group, said they were approached by the council to make the accommodation available for Syrian refugees.

He said: “The council will be leading on the allocation of refugees to the property which will be provided with essential furnishings provided by a charity.”

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