More Afghan refugee families are set to be supported by two councils as part of an ongoing scheme to help those forced to flee the country after it fell back under the control of the Taliban.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have already housed the minimum of one family in each district and now they will resettle a further six Afghan refugee families, three families each in their respective districts.

Subject to the availability of affordable private rented accommodation, the councils are providing assistance to refugee families arriving in the UK.

The two councils are working with Oxfordshire County Council and local health and charity service providers to ensure a full and appropriate support package is in place for the refugee families to successfully resettle in the area. As well as sourcing private rented accommodation, this support includes ensuring families have access to ongoing mental health support, education, food, medicine, and other vital services.

Councillor Emily Smith, said: “Working alongside the county council and local charities and service providers we have put significant plans in place and are already supporting our first family to resettle in the area. We have a moral obligation to play our part in ensuring the safety of people fleeing Afghanistan, and so I’m pleased that we have been able to quickly agree this further support for those coming to this country from Afghanistan."

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