Councils will battle to accommodate 1000’s of Afghan refugees due to a scarcity of acceptable housing, the Native Authorities Affiliation has warned.
The UK authorities has dedicated to supply refuge as much as 20,000 Afghan refugees, round 5,000 underneath a scheme open to present or former directly-employed employees, with an additional 15,000 resettled on the premise of want.
Round £5m has been earmarked to fund housing by means of native authorities, a few of which can must be spent shopping for acceptable properties.
“The character of the refugees we’re seeing have considerably bigger households than what we’re usually used to seeing, six, seven, eight, and whilst excessive as 12 members per household, and that clearly requires giant housing and the supply of 4, 5 and six-bedroom homes in the true situation,” stated LGA chairman James Jamieson.
“We do not know precisely who’s coming over, what they’re wants are, how a lot assist they’ll want, how a lot housing we both want to enter the market and purchase or hire and till we all know these issues we really do not know the monetary implications.
“I am reassured the federal government has stated they’ll fund this”
The warning comes as the federal government promised to announce fresh measures to support the huge resettlement program.
Overseen by a brand new minister for Afghan Resettlement, Victoria Atkins, the federal government stated the assist supplied can be much like the commitments within the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
It goals to make sure that those that labored carefully with the British navy and UK authorities in Afghanistan get the entry to healthcare, training, assist into employment and lodging that they want.