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



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

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

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

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

But the controversial move has divided the coastal township.


The property is worth an estimated £400,000

I think it’s absolutely sinful when people are homeless


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

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

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

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


The furnished end-of-terrace to the heart has been empty for two years

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

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

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

More than 7,000 Syrians be undergoing already arrived.

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

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

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

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

Jane CollinsGETTY

Ukip’s Jane Collins criticised the conclusion

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

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

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

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

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