Justine Greening Announces £30 million of new funding to help refugees over winter


Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, has said that the Government will be spending £30 million to help ensure that refugees can survive the winter months.

Greening said:

“As the humanitarian crisis in Syria continues, we will make sure we help refugees who have lost everything and desperately need our support.

We are helping people inside Syria, enabling millions to stay in neighbouring countries, and for those who have made the perilous journey to Europe, we are stepping up our support to ensure they can cope with worsening weather conditions.

Many children and their families have been left with nothing but the clothes on their back and are in desperate need of basic essentials. As the coldest months of winter are upon us, warm clothes, hot water and warm blankets will help protect the most vulnerable”.

The Government confirmed that the money will be spent in numerous ways including £2.75 million to UNICEF, £9.75 million to the UNHCR, £3 million to IFRC and £11 million to the StartFund. There will be an additional £3 million spent  on essential equipment such as clothing, blankets and shoes.