Council stands ready with county leaders to help Ukrainian evacuees

Published: 9 March 2022

Councils in Staffordshire have told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that they're ready, willing and able to help Ukrainian evacuees.

The Council has joined with all local authorities in Staffordshire to highlight their collective readiness and ability to help those fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is pledging to play its part in welcoming displaced Ukrainian citizens to Staffordshire.

The Council has joined with all local authorities in the county to inform Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel about their collective readiness and ability to help those fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A plea, co-signed today by Council Leader Simon Tagg and other leaders, welcomes the Government’s actions so far against the Putin regime and urges that the bureaucratic path is cleared as quickly as possible for those families who need urgent assistance.

It highlights Staffordshire’s proven track record of successfully housing and supporting families seeking refuge from war.

Council Leader Simon Tagg said: “The evolving situation in Ukraine is absolutely horrific; our thoughts remain with the many innocent families affected by the crisis.

“We stand with the people of Ukraine. We also stand shoulder to shoulder as councils in Staffordshire and want the Government to know that we are ready, willing and able to provide a warm welcome for Ukrainian people if needed.

“The Council is supporting a local humanitarian aid appeal in their mission to deliver essential supplies to Ukraine by providing a shop unit at 17 Merrial Street in Newcastle, free of charge. Residents in the borough are renowned for their kindness and generosity towards people less fortunate than themselves but even so, the positive response is absolutely staggering and shows everyone’s strength of feeling about the situation.”

Last updated 9 March 2022