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Kingston receives share of £100million Government migration fund

Kingston Council has received £164,442 as part of the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund to help integrate vulnerable migrants and refugees into the local community.

The funding will be used to provide activities that improve health and employment outcomes as well as reducing pressure on local services. This includes English classes in partnership with the New England Seafood Company and Learn English at Home. As well as an employment project to support refugees with volunteering and employment opportunities which will be delivered by Refugee Action Kingston. 

The additional funding will also enable two existing projects to continue to run including a local advocacy project for vulnerable migrants who may need language support and a healthy eating project to reduce obesity and promote healthier lifestyles by the Independent Yemen Group.

Cllr Kim Bailey, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said:

“We are pleased to have received this funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which will help reduce health inequalities in Kingston's refugee and migrant communities. It will enable us to provide support for the most vulnerable residents as well as provide opportunities for integration with others.”

Kingston is one of 123 projects across England to benefit from the latest funding, announced by Communities Minister Lord Bourne.

Communities Minister Lord Bourne, said:

“Whether its tackling rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable migrants, helping new arrivals learn English or supporting care leavers to access education, the Controlling Migration Fund is delivering results across the country and providing services for the benefit of all.”

“Each community is unique in the challenges it faces, but the projects we’ve funded have shown that positive change is possible when people come together and think innovatively about how to support the whole community.”

Councils across England are set to receive a further £28 million to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration. This brings total funding from the government’s Controlling Migration Fund to over £100 million.

In 2017, Kingston was successful in receiving £338,000 of Government funds to support vulnerable refugees and migrants to learn English and engage in integration activities. Since then over 350 people have benefitted from the projects.

For more information on specific projects please contact Nighat Taimuri 0208 547 4686.