Posted on Thursday 16th September 2021
Evacuees from Afghanistan will be making their home in Staffordshire on a temporary basis.
A large number of evacuees who helped British Forces in Afghanistan will be calling Staffordshire their home until they are offered permanent locations across the country.
The county council was contacted by the Home Office this week and advised that suitable accommodation had been identified in Newcastle-under-Lyme to house evacuees who have completed quarantine.
The county council is working with the Home Office, district and borough councils and other partners to ensure the ongoing safety of these evacuees while they are housed in temporary accommodation.
Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council said:
“We have all been saddened by the events in Afghanistan, and we have a duty to support those who have been forced to flee their country.
“We have already pledged to support around 20 families as part of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, and we are proud to be able to do our bit to help these people.
“The Home Office contacted us to ask for help in housing evacuees on a temporary basis, and we are working with them plus our district and borough councils, and other partners to ensure they can be safely accommodated.”