Syrian refugees in Britain have been given the red-carpet treatment and offered up some cushy accommodations in a seven-bedroom home in the area’s most elite region.
The home, located on spacious property in the historic Rye, East Sussex, district, has been valued at $515,190.
And the fact that it’s being used to house refugees is a sore point to the country’s lower income earners who’ve been waiting for months for government assistance with their housing.
Rother Council, the government body in charge of social housing, apparently decided the “imminent arrivals” need the home, not the 1,132 people on public housing lists.
The Express has the story:
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.
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.
“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. …
[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.
“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.”
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