Govt must fully fund Afghans arriving in UK - Chelmsford Lib Dem Leader & others write to Minister
Many councils have told the Government that they are happy to welcome Afghans to the UK, but the Government must fully-fund the costs of relocating. Chelmsford Council Leader Stephen Robinson has written a letter, signed by other Lib Dem Council Leaders, to the Minister for Local Government
The letter reminds the Minister of the housing crisis in most parts of the country, and how benefit levels don't meet actual rent costs. So the Government must cover these additional costs plus the costs to councils of helping to support these new residents.
The letter also calls for long-term support for councils, so that they can build the genuinely-affordable homes that we need.