Lancashire Council confirms Afghan Migrants will be housed in a 4-star spa hotel while permanent housing is arranged.

It’s been confirmed that Afghan migrants are temporarily staying at a 4 star hotel and spa Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Clayton-le-Moors. Owners Mercure have inked a deal with the Home Office to look after individuals displaced by the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul last month. 

50 Afghans are residing at Dunkenhalgh while permanent housing is found in Lancashire and elsewhere. Officials from Hyndburn Borough Council confirmed this saying: “We can confirm temporary accommodation for Afghan households has been secured by the UK government in Hyndburn until permanent residence is found across the country.”

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“In Hyndburn we are proud of businesses helping to accelerate the government’s resettlement scheme.”

“Lancashire County Council and the UK Government will be supporting families during this incredibly difficult time and we will work with our partners to help in any way we can.”

“People and families in Afghanistan have assisted our British armed forces over the years and are warmly welcomed to our borough.”

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“In Hyndburn we have a strong history of supporting people in their time of need, we are sure our community will show its strength during this humanitarian crisis.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council is believed to be in talks with the Home Office about housing a number of Afghan asylum seekers. Burnley, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale have all said they will accept displaced Afghan families. 

A Lancashire County Council spokesperson said: “Lancashire is welcoming a number of families into the county as part of the UK Government’s Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) Relocation Scheme.”

“The scheme protects the human rights of Afghan people, including their families, who were employed by the British army to support UK troops in Afghanistan by finding them homes in the UK.”

“As part of this humanitarian effort, Lancashire County Council is coordinating the arrival of a number of families.”

“This joint operation is being done in partnership with all Lancashire councils which have pledged to take in families fleeing Afghanistan.”

“All of the families will receive financial support from the Home Office, which is coordinating the national effort, while they integrate over the next 12 months.”

“The Afghan LES Housing Costs Fund will provide a top up to help councils meet the costs of renting properties, including larger homes for families.”

“Some families may be placed in temporary accommodation while Lancashire County Council and local authorities work to find them new homes.”

“The families will likely be anxious about starting a new life but we fully expect the people of Lancashire will offer them the warmest of welcomes.”

4 thoughts on “Lancashire Council confirms Afghan Migrants will be housed in a 4-star spa hotel while permanent housing is arranged.

  1. Dont forget it was us helping them with their assistance, but to accommodate them in 4* hotels is totally unacceptable whilst we have our own homeless population including veterans who served in Afghanistan.

  2. ALL our old pensioners living in council house should be thrown out so the refugees can live in there houses The Pensioners can be sent to Afghanistan and the Taliban can house them

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