Denbighshire outlines support following events in Afghanistan

Denbighshire County Council will offer support to five families following the recent events in Afghanistan.

The Council’s Cabinet has agreed to increase its current commitment through the Global Resettlement Scheme, to 10 families, enabling the Council to offer housing and support to five Afghan families at this time.

This could be extended if the situation and the scheme continues past the first year.

Cllr Bobby Feeley, the Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “The thoughts of the Council are with all those affected by the recent tragic events in Afghanistan.

“We will do everything we can to put in place appropriate housing and a warm welcome so our new neighbours will become important parts of our community, as many have done so before.

“Each Local Authority in Wales is playing its part in supporting the Afghan Relocation Assistance Programme, and, while this commitment is in relation to Denbighshire, we are working regionally and at a strategic level to share knowledge and support as appropriate.

“One family from Afghanistan has already been accepted and settled in Denbighshire over the last two weeks.

“Accommodation is currently being sourced across the county, initially in the private rented sector, in line with the current refugee programme, and we have had a number of offers of accommodation already.”

Cllr Feeley updated Council members and the public of the Council’s response to the events in Afghanistan at a Full Council meeting on Tuesday, September 7.

The Home Office has announced a one-year funding programme to enable Local Authorities to provide support for education and employment and in addition they have indicated an ongoing commitment to support housing costs.

 

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