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Refugees: York

Question for Home Office

UIN 49211, tabled on 14 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of property prices in York on the ability to resettle refugees in that city.

Answered on

22 September 2021

The Government has worked at pace to develop and launch a new and bespoke resettlement scheme, announced on 18 August, which will relocate 5,000 vulnerable people in its first year, rising to up to 20,000 over the coming years –one of the most generous schemes in British history. The Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is in addition to the Afghan Relocations Assistance Policy (ARAP), which offers any current or former locally employed staff who are assessed to be under serious threat to life priority relocation to the UK

The need for suitable accommodation to support those we welcome is pressing. We need the help of every Council across the country to step up to offer accommodation and support for these families, so that we can swiftly help them into permanent, safe homes and enable them to start rebuilding their lives and integrating into our communities.

The Afghan Housing Costs Fund will increase from £5 million to £17 million to help local authorities provide housing and give certainty that funding will be available in the future.

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