Derby City Council has been awarded £965,084 over 24 months to support proposals 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, which was set up by the government, is designed to support local areas facing pressures linked to migration.

Derby Controlling Migration Fund projects will address the need for more up to date and co-ordinated  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.  We will work with new arrivals in the city to help them integrate to life in the UK at school, work and at home and educate them on social norms & cultural expectations, preventing more pressure being placed on social services and schools, freeing up teacher time.

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

Cllr Asaf Afzal, the 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.”