Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales Central, in a question to the First Minister today called on the Welsh Government to establish a centralised Welsh Government housing database that people can register with to offer a place to a refugee in Wales.
Eluned Parrott AM said:
“Like many politicians, I’ve had countless emails, letters and tweets from constituents wanting to help those unfortunate people who are seeking sanctuary in our country.
“Whilst many want to donate money, clothes and other vital supplies, there is a growing number of people who want to help by offering accommodation to refugees.
“The First Minster is hosting a summit this week, attended by local authorities and charities, to coordinate how Wales responds to the crisis. Accommodation will no doubt be high on the agenda, and I would urge those attending the summit to consider setting up a database of people willing to help out.
“I’m sure there are thousands of people who would be willing to register and offer a room or more to a refugee and their families. There are also people with second homes who are prepared to offer whole properties over the coming months. What is missing is the infrastructure and administration to coordinate this. The Welsh Government is in an ideal situation to do this and I would urge them to do so without delay.
“The response by the Conservative UK Government to this crisis has been diabolical. We aren’t accepting nearly enough refugees which is why I, Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron and Liberal Democrats across the country demonstrated against the UK Government on Saturday. We must be compassionate in our response to those seeking sanctuary in our country.”