Oadby & Wigston Borough Council in pledge to help Afghan families

Published: Friday, 20 August 2021

Two Afghan families forced to flee from Afghanistan will be invited to relocate in Oadby & Wigston after the borough council pledged its support.

The Taliban’s recent takeover of the country has put thousands of locally employed staff and their families at risk and the Ministry of Defence has called on local authorities for support. Many of these individuals acted as interpreters or translators, and the situation in Afghanistan now puts their lives at risk.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) has stepped forward and pledged to help two families relocate to the area.

Chair of OWBC Armed Forces Working Group, Councillor Bill Boulter, said: “These individuals and families served alongside our Armed Forces in Afghanistan and have now been placed in grave danger.

“It is our duty to offer our support and I know people in Oadby & Wigston will be proud that we are doing our bit to help. The Borough Council is a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Community Covenant and has a long history of supporting our Armed Forces. We look forward to welcoming this families to our community.”

Local Authorities have been asked to support the Government’s to relocate around 600 families across the country. The Ministry of Defence has said it hopes to relocate all the affected families by the end of September.

The borough council will work in partnership with other local authorities in Leicestershire to arrange the necessary accommodation in line with the needs of the families relocating.