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Big investment to help migration issues in Wisbech

Big investment to help migration issues in Wisbech

Published by KLFM
5:26am 17th July 2019.

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A big investment is trying to bring communities closer together in Wisbech.

Fenland District Council have been given over £600,000 of funding for charities and initiatives there.

The money from the Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) will help address the issues of migration in the area.

One of the projects it will support in Wisbech is the Rosmini Centre.

The investment will help it cope with the increasing numbers of people from settled communities with a new outreach service.

Meanwhile - the Wisbech Emergency Night Shelter will be expanded from four beds to 14 beds and new staff will be brought in as well.

More than £280,000 of CMF funding was also secured to extend an alcohol and drug support project in Wisbech.

Cllr Samantha Hoy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

"We have already seen how previous funding from the Controlling Migration Fund has helped deliver some fantastic work in Fenland and made a real difference to the communities we serve, so I'm delighted our staff have successfully bid for further funding.

"It means we can expand our private sector enforcement work and improve housing conditions across the district, further improve provision for rough sleepers and deliver tailored, multi-agency support to those with complex needs. And as well as helping us to tackle these quality of life issues and deliver better outcomes, the funding will also help us to plan ahead and prepare for future challenges and uncertainties."

Cllr Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder responsible for community cohesion, said:

"This new funding recognises the work that is already taking place in Fenland to establish more cohesive, resilient and settled communities. We are proud to be such a diverse district, and know that migrants can offer so much in terms of jobs and skills, but we need to ensure they have the opportunities and support available to make positive contributions to their communities.

"This funding means we can further develop existing opportunities and work with our partners to create new ones, encouraging even wider engagement and integration across the community. It will also help us to tackle issues that exist between different communities, reduce pressure on local services and carry out research so that we're in a better position to respond to future needs."

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