Councils team up to offer homes to refugees fleeing Afghanistan

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have joined forces to offer homes and support to refugees from Afghanistan.

The two councils have partnered up to support a national scheme that aims to resettle 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan after British and US forces withdrew from the country.

The councils have now been working to find properties in the county that will be suitable for refugees to live in once they arrive in the UK.

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So far, three homes have been made available in Cambridge as well as another three within South Cambridgeshire. Work is now being carried out to try and find more properties that can be offered to the families.

Councillor Alex Collis, Cambridge City’s executive councillor for open spaces, sustainable food and community wellbeing, said: “We are working at pace with our partners to find homes for refugees to help them start a new life in our area and it’s really important that the properties are suitable for their needs.

“We are also acutely aware of the support these families will need when they arrive and our team, which has developed so much experience in resettling Syrian refugees in recent years, will be on hand to help the families.”

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have worked together in the past to help resettle refugees fleeing war-torn countries, such as Syria, Iraq and Sudan.

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Cllr John Batchelor, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s lead cabinet member for housing, said: “We are pleased to support the Government-backed Afghanistan refugee scheme by providing three homes for refugee families.

“By working with Cambridge City Council to provide additional wraparound support we are building on an already strong and successful partnership and means families will get the best possible start to their new lives in the UK.

“We are clear that there is a moral and human need to continue to offer support to refugees who are forced to flee from their homes. Our partnership means that together we can offer refugee families safe and comfortable homes to build a base for their new lives, but also practical support to adjust to life in the UK, with assistance to access to everything from GPs and welfare, to skills training and school places for children.”

The council’s work is part of a national resettlement scheme that aims to support people who were employed by the UK government in Afghanistan.

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