Statement regarding Afghan evacuees placed in bridging hotels

Telford & Wrekin Council continues to work with the Home Office to provide support for Afghan evacuees placed in bridging hotels in the borough.

This has been in spite of concerns raised by the council about the decision. In what is an uncertain time for these families, we are ensuring we provide essential support. 

Arrangements for permanent relocation of Afghan evacuees are made by the Home Office and we await further details around this. 

As a borough we have housed six families permanently which is our commitment to this programme and we continue to urge the Home Office to move quicker to move families out of the hotels and into permanent accommodation across the country, as these bridging hotels are not a solution.

 As a council, we were unaware of a request from Lucy Allan MP to visit evacuee families in the hotels until it was raised with us late on Friday. 

Colleagues at the hotels and in the Home Office have also confirmed that no request to visit has been made. 

Visiting is not something that is in the control of Telford & Wrekin Council, as the evacuee programme is led by the Home Office. 

We will, of course, work with Lucy Allan MP and the Home Office to facilitate a visit much in the same way as we did with the recent request from the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable.