Pembrokeshire County Council Leader David Simpson has announced that the Council is looking to work with colleagues across Welsh Government and UK Home Office in support of the Afghanistan Citizens Resettlement and Assistance Scheme.
Following a meeting of Cabinet members, a decision was made to explore the availability of housing in the county, utilising the support also being offered by the UK government of funding to help Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) to relocate to the UK. These LES have worked for the UK and risked their lives alongside British forces in Afghanistan over the past twenty years.
Leader of the Council, Cllr David Simpson said: ‘It was an easy decision to offer our help to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan – and I know that the communities of Pembrokeshire will welcome the families that come to settle in our wonderful county.
‘We are exploring a variety of options for supporting Afghan refugees here in Pembrokeshire. This work will be in conjunction with reviewing some of the key housing pressures that the council is already experiencing, such as our response to providing innovative solutions bringing in housing pods in the former Hubberston school. My Cabinet and I are urgently asking the community for their assistance in finding privately rented accommodation for these families, who have experienced considerable stress and fear in their displacement.’
The scheme will support those who are at high and imminent risk of threat-to-life and also those who worked for the British Government in roles that made a material difference to the delivery of the UK mission in Afghanistan.
Pembrokeshire County Council is inviting the community to identify any self-contained properties in the private sector that may be available, as well as exploring other possible options. If you can help or would like more information, the council is asking that you get in touch with their Contact Centre on (01437) 764551 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator.
If you have a suitable self–contained accommodation in Pembrokeshire that you would like to make available for short (minimum 6 months) or long term let the council would like you to get in touch to assist in this crisis. The rent will be paid at Local Housing Allowance (housing benefit) level.
Carmarthenshire Council recently announced that three Afghan refugee families had already been settled in the county, while two families who have been forced to flee Afghanistan are settling into their new homes in Swansea with more set to arrive in the coming weeks and months.