Third of UK councils refuse to take Syrian refugees despite Cameron pledge

The Government promised to take in 20,000 people from the war-torn country under a resettlement programme announced by David Cameron.

But as cash-strapped councils battle with Government-imposed austerity measures just 8,146 have been accepted so far. And 53 councils, which have seen Government funding cut by 33 per cent since 2010, have failed to sign up to the scheme.

Under the voluntary programme, councils will get £8,500 for each refugee in the first year which reduces to £1,000 in the fifth year although there is extra cash for child refugees.