One criteria necessary to becoming a Council of Sanctuary is for a local authority to pass a motion setting out a commitment to be a place of sanctuary.
Motions are important because they show political recognition that people seeking sanctuary are not only entitled to claim asylum under the law, but that they also deserve our welcome and support.
Many Councils have already passed such motions of support. You can find examples below.
Working with your council to get a pledge of support
Sheffield City Council led the way by being the first Council to make a pledge of support to be a City of Sanctuary.
The pledge of support that a local authority makes will depend on context. It can be as simple as a short statement committing the council to the idea of welcoming and supporting people seeking sanctuary, or it could take the form of a more detailed pledge outlining the practical actions they intend to take.
Some councils have also passed motions of support for campaigns, such as #LiftTheBan.
See the links below to find some of the Council motions that have been passed by other cities.
Example motions of support
In 2012, Ipswich Borough Council passed a resolution of support towards Ipswich becoming a “Town of Sanctuary”.