Since 2016, Cambridge has had a proud history of offering sanctuary to the most vulnerable people, through the Syrian Vulnerable Person's Resettlement Scheme.
As this scheme draws to a close, a new scheme is opening which offers local councils support and funding to resettle 20,000 people over 5 years.
At full council on the 16th July, the Lib Dem deputy group leader Cheney Payne asked the Labour ruling group to set a target of resettling 150 refugees as part of this scheme.
Disappointingly, Cambridge Labour refused to commit to joining this new scheme, and refused to set a minimum resettlement target.
While Cambridge Lib Dems remain committed to offering sanctuary to the most vulnerable people in our society, we need the Labour City Councillors to agree to this so the Council can begin this work.
If you agree with us, please use the template below to write to your local Councillor to ask if they will support Cambridge joining the new scheme, and committing to resettle at least 150 people.
You can use this site to find and contact your local Councillors directly: https://www.writetothem.com/.
The wording below could be used to write to your local Councillor - and let us know you're supporting this campaign or contacting your councillor by clicking here!
As one of your constituents, I am writing to ask whether you will support Cambridge joining the new UK vulnerable person's resettlement scheme, and commit to resettling at least 150 people.
I am proud of Cambridge's history as a city of sanctuary, and believe we should re-affirm this commitment by participating in the new scheme.