Decision details

To approve North Yorkshire County Council’s participation in the Afghan Locally Employed Staff Relocation Scheme. This is in response to an urgent call from the UK government for local authorities in the UK to resettle between 3,000 to 5,000 Afghan

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Stronger Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

North Yorkshire County Council’s participation in the Afghan Locally Employed Staff Relocation Scheme

Decision:

North Yorkshire County Council will participate in the Afghan Locally Employed Staff (LES) Relocation Scheme, as requested by the Home Office.

North Yorkshire County Council will work in partnership - subject to a partnership agreement being put in place and utilising existing governance arrangements in place for the refugee resettlement programme - with Hambleton District Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Selby District Council, and with Richmondshire District Council in the event that Hambleton District Council or Harrogate Borough Council or Selby District Council are not able to find sufficient numbers of property by 31 July 2021 - to accommodate a minimum of 30 people under the Afghan LES Relocation Scheme.

Delegated approval is given to the Corporate Director – Strategic Resources is to accept the Grant Agreement on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council after consultation with the Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services).

Reasons for the decision:

The UK Government is asking for local authority support and assistance to fulfil a moral obligation to support those who have served the UK in circumstances where they have risked their own lives and where their lives are now at even greater risk of being lost because of reprisal attacks by armed insurgents in Afghanistan.

Alternative options considered:

Not to participate in the scheme

Publication date: 10/06/2021

Date of decision: 10/06/2021

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