North Lanarkshire council to repurpose up to 200 homes for Ukrainian refugees

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A SCOTTISH council has introduced plans to carry as much as 200 empty properties again into use to accommodate refugees fleeing Ukraine.

North Lanarkshire Council mentioned right now it’ll use £5 million of Scottish Authorities funding to re- instate the properties in high-rise towers in Coatbridge and Wishaw “to a excessive customary”.

The towers, Excessive Coats in Coatbridge and Birkshaw in Wishaw, had been slated for demolition as a part of a council technique, however the council hopes their refurbishment – with the primary anticipated to be full in six weeks – will see some refugees staying in motels in a position to stay in their very own properties.

Council chief Jordan Linden mentioned: “The folks escaping battle in Ukraine face probably the most unimaginable circumstances.

“Throughout Scotland, so many have welcomed Ukrainian folks into their properties and communities, and I’m proud that we are able to play a number one position within the nationwide effort by offering numerous properties right here in North Lanarkshire.

“I do know that the folks of North Lanarkshire will welcome those that face such an unsure time with their ordinary heat and generosity, and I’m happy that we are able to transfer rapidly to help.

“Already, council employees are working with companions to supply assist and recommendation to folks from Ukraine in lodge lodging, and that intensive work will proceed when these properties are occupied.

“As Scotland’s largest council landlord, we’re well-placed to ship the re-instatement of those properties and I stay up for welcoming folks over the approaching weeks.”

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Following the re-instatement of the primary properties, the programme will develop in “the approaching months” based on the council, with capability for as much as 200 properties.

Neil Grey, the Scottish Authorities’s minister for Ukrainian refugees, welcomed the transfer.

“We admire this contribution from North Lanarkshire Council. These properties will play an important position in offering long term lodging and assist to displaced folks from Ukraine,”

he mentioned.

“The council is to be counseled for recognising the significance of aiding nationwide efforts to dwelling 1000’s of individuals fleeing the unlawful struggle in Ukraine.

“The Scottish Authorities and companions are offering sensible assist and a welcome to greater than 4500 displaced folks by way of our tremendous sponsor scheme.

“We’re grateful to everybody who’s supporting this.”



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