Leader statement about the Afghanistan crisis

Friday, 20 August 2021

Our council leader has made the following statement about the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan.

Cllr Steve Siddons said:

“It is difficult to imagine what the people of Afghanistan are going through right now.

"Many have genuine concerns for their safety – and that of their families.  They are fleeing persecution as a result of helping British forces.  

"The UK owes them a debt of gratitude so it is right we offer help when they are at their most vulnerable.

"Arrangements for accommodation in the UK for Afghan families are being managed by the Home Office, however we are on standby to assist the government if required.

"Ours is a compassionate borough and we will do what we can to support others in need especially at a time of immediate crisis."