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Council pledge to support further Afghan families
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Council pledge to support further Afghan families

Posted on 1 Sep 2021

NORTH Ayrshire Council has confirmed its ongoing support to Afghan families looking to escape their war-torn homeland.

At a meeting of Cabinet on Tuesday, elected members agreed plans to house more families over the coming weeks and months.

At the June Cabinet the Council had agreed to find homes for two families, as part of the Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) Relocation Scheme.

Properties have been found for the two families and they are due to arrive this month.

 But due to the severity of the escalating crisis, the Council will now increase that offer to three more families and will make it a priority to find suitable accommodation.

 Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “The situation in Afghanistan is a deeply worrying one and the images we are seeing are awful and very troubling.

 “We have a humanitarian duty to support people in crisis in any way we can, and in particular those who have supported our own armed forces on the front-line and that’s why we will be looking to increase our provision as much as possible.

“We will be looking to house a further three families – on top of the two that we had already agreed too – and find suitable accommodation as quickly as possible.

“We will also be reviewing the situation and if we are able to do more then we will do that.

 “Our communities have welcomed families from Syria and Afghanistan over the years and we are sure that they will continue to offer friendship and support to any new arrivals in the weeks ahead.

“There will be the minority who are not happy with the decision but we would ask them to imagine themselves in the awful situation faced by those currently in Afghans.”

North Ayrshire Council has been involved in supporting Afghan Nationals since 2015 when the National Security Council agreed a package of measures to help those who had been working for the UK Government in Afghanistan.

 The UK Government has now announced a new refugee resettlement scheme that will see 20,000 Afghan refugees being relocated to the UK over the coming years.