Appeal for local landlords to support the relocation of Afghan families

BCP Council is appealing to landlords, and second-home owners, who are able to offer a home to Afghan families arriving in the UK. The council, who is currently in discussions with South West Councils, along with partner agencies and community groups, has pledged its commitment to supporting families devastated by the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

Cllr Drew Mellor, Leader of BCP Council, said: “I’m proud of the response by local residents and community groups in offering support to Afghan families arriving in the UK. It is good that we can now connect landlords, who are in a position to provide suitable accommodation, to our Housing team. Colleagues will be able to give further information on the incentives available to landlords who come forward.

“In 2015, a similar plea to support Syrian refugees was made and we were able to positively welcome and support Syrian families to our area.

“I’m aware that we also have residents locally who have family and friends who are directly affected by the situation in Afghanistan. I am grateful to the local charities and voluntary organisations who are supporting those who are anxiously waiting for further information.”

BCP Council has created a dedicated webpage providing information on how local people can offer their support, whilst also signposting those who are concerned about relatives living in Afghanistan to government support services. For more information visit, www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Supporting-Afghanistan

Cllr Robert Lawton, Portfolio Holder for Homes, added: “The devastating television footage of the desperate situation in Afghanistan is incredibly moving. It is heart-warming to see so many people offering support in so many different ways.

“Suitable housing is essential for us to resettle families in the BCP area and I’m hopeful that this appeal will see local landlords come forward.”

Anyone able to offer a suitable property in the BCP area should e-mail afghan.resettlement@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Posted on Friday 27 August 2021