20 August, 2021

Council response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Thanet District Council is taking action in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

The council is keen to work with the Government and KCC to support the resettlement of Afghan families in accessing suitable accommodation and to offer settlement for some families in Thanet.

The council is asking private landlords and agents to assist with this process, and offers from the private sector are already coming forward.

Officers are liaising with the county council and the Council Leader is writing to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for clarification on the position for funding.

The council is keen to ensure that there are suitable funding arrangements to provide long-term support and to ensure that affordability issues within the local private rented housing market could be overcome. The council would not support the placement of vulnerable households, newly arriving in the country in poor quality, unsuitable accommodation.

Private sector landlords interested in working with Thanet District Council to resettle Afghan families should contact Chris Burgess – Housing Options Manager chris.burgess@thanet.gov.uk

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