Frustration is growing among rural would-be hosts who say they are still waiting for Argyll and Bute Council to carry out inspections on their homes, despite having signed up months ago to take in refugees.
Dr David Fuller, whose Mull home has two acres of gardens next to a sea loch overlooking mountains, said his family signed up for the government sponsorship scheme the day after it was launched in March but have now been forced to withdraw because of a bureaucratic deadlock.
Former Jewish-German child refugee Henry Wuga MBE, who came to Glasgow with the Kindertransport, returned to Central Station to launch a new school learning programme, created by a teacher from Oban High
Frustrations are growing though with the UK government for ‘dragging its heels’ over processing the mountain of visa applications that will undoubtedly be piling up on civil servants’ desks – each one will be a desperate plea for safety and sanctuary.
Lochaber councillor Allan Henderson (Caol and Mallaig Ward) said he felt there was a lot of merit in Mr Smith’s initiative.