Councils say that they will provide homes for Afghan refugees


At least ten Welsh local authorities have said that they will house refugees fleeing Afghanistan.


BBC Cymru Wales said that it has contacted every one of the country's twenty-two local authorities to see if they are supporting the UK Government's Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy.


BBC Cymru Wales said that eleven local authorities have replied thus far, with all but one saying that they will provide housing.


Sir Fôn, Wrecsam, Blaenau Gwent, Powys, Conwy, Sir Ddinbych, Sir Gâr, Sir Fynwy, Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, and Sir y Fflint have all confirmed that they will house Afghan refugees.


Castell-nedd Port Talbot said that it had previously given support to people from Afghanistan as part of the UK government scheme, but that it is unable to do so again at this moment in time due to "pressure on local housing stock" caused by the flooding in Sgiwen earlier this year.


Jane Hutt Minister for Social Justice said: "The Welsh government is working very hard with our local authorities, and indeed with the UK government, to ensure that we can do what we can to provide support in the right places to find homes for people fleeing the situation in Afghanistan.


"We are working towards being a nation of sanctuary."