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Communities Minister hears first hand about effects of migration in Boston

Faith and Integration Minister Lord Bourne visited Boston, Lincolnshire last Friday (March 3) to hear directly from local residents and council leaders about the effects of recent migration on the area.

Lord Bourne met with heads of local services including education, police, housing and health, as well as local councillors, community representatives and front line staff, to discuss their experiences of working and living in the town.

The Minister concluded his visit by meeting parishioners and volunteers who run the Boston Connected Community Table lunches at St Botolph's Parish Church. The lunch events bring people of different backgrounds and faiths together.

Faith and Integration Minister, Lord Bourne said: "I was keen to visit Boston to hear first hand from the community and those working in front line public services about the issues affecting the area.

"It was a delight to meet the volunteers and parishioners at St Botolph's Parish Church, who organise the Boston Connected Community Table lunches that bring people from different backgrounds and faiths together."

In his meeting with local councillors, the Minister explained how the Government's £100million Controlling Migration Fund will help ease pressures on local services.  The Fund is currently open for bids and then those bids received will be assessed during the coming weeks. 

At the Boston Connected Community Table lunches venue at St Botolph's Parish Church, the Minister heard about the project, which is funded through a £4,500 grant from Government's Common Good Fund. These events have been so successful that the group are planning a cookery book based on their recipes.

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At the Municipal Buildings, Lord Bourne meets back row left, Paul Drury, Lincolnshire County Council, Anna Kuszytv, Lincolnshire Community Health Services, Stuart Hellon, Citizen Advice Bureau, David Fannin, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, Peter Bedford, Leader of the Council, Cllr James Edwards, Boston Borough Council, Cllr Paul Gleeson, Boston Borough Council, Phil Drury, Chief Executive, Boston Borough Council, Andy Fisher, Head of Community Services, Boston Borough Council, Inspector Andy Morrice, Lincolshire Police. Front row left, Rachel Higgins, Lincolnshire Community Health Services, Matt Warman, MP Boston and Skegness, Lord Bourne and Cllr Alison Austin, Boston Borough Council.

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Lord Bourne meets members of Boston Community Groups

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Lord Bourne with Boston Police Cadets