Derby given near £1 million for migration

Derby City Council has been awarded £965,084 over two years to support plans to mitigate impacts on established residents of high levels of migration into their communities after bidding for the money from the Controlling Migration Fund.

The fund, set up by the government, is designed to support local areas facing pressures linked to migration.

Derby Controlling Migration Fund projects address the need for more up to date and coordinated research, data and local evidence to enable better understanding of the current local population and tackle complex family issues and exploitation through an early intervention and support approach.

The council will work with new arrivals in the city to help them integrate to life in the UK at school, work and home and educate the on social norms and cultural expectations, preventing more pressure being placed on social services and schools, freeing up teacher time.

A range of council departments and partners have worked together to put the bid together and will be responsible for the delivering, monitoring and reporting of the projects.

Asaf Afzal, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and public protection, said: “We have been hard at work on this issue in Derby and this money will help us to develop our plans further to work with all members of our communities. We welcome this funding from the DCLG Controlling Migration Fund but ask that the government do it all it can to support us further.”

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