Afghan war veteran refugees to be resettled in Powys

Three Afghan families fleeing their country after helping British forces will be offered safe homes in Powys.

Stock photo of British troops in Afghanistan
Stock photo of British troops in Afghanistan

Powys County Council has agreed to support the national Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Programme which is relocating families that helped British forces to the UK. The scheme is being funded by the Home Office.

Powys, which has been successful in helping settle Syrian families fleeing the war-torn region, has agreed to provide three homes in the county.

Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, said: “Powys County Council are proud to be able to take part in this process, giving new homes to those who bravely supported our Armed Forces during the deployment in Afghanistan.

"We owe a debt of gratitude for their courage and look forward to helping them make a new start here.”

Iain McIntosh, cabinet member for housing, added: “I am delighted that we’re able to support this important resettlement and assistance program by offering safe homes for three Afghan families here in Powys.

"The brave service and help given by members of the Afghan community to British forces abroad has been invaluable but leaves them in a vulnerable position in hostile foreign regions.

"I’m sure our communities will offer the warm welcome the three families deserve, and I hope they settle into their new homes soon.”

Local authorities across the UK have been asked to help resettle up to 3,000 people made up of those who were employed by the British forces and their families.

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