At the beginning of the August meeting of Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet, council leader Richard Cooper announced that the Harrogate district will once again play its part in welcoming refugees from Afghanistan.
Earlier in the year the council announced it would take the quota requested by government for Afghan interpreters and also take more families if the government requested further support.
Now, with a new government resettlement scheme expected, Councillor Cooper reaffirmed that support. He said:
“Back in June, Harrogate Borough Council pledged to take its fair share of the quota of Afghan interpreters who were seeking relocation to this country.
“We not only did that – we pledged to take more than our quota and we have done so.
“The government will now be coming forward with a new scheme for relocating Afghan refugees and on behalf of the council I want to make that pledge again that we will not only take our quota that the government suggests, but we will take more.
“Harrogate is a welcoming, tolerant and diverse place and these people are in need of our assistance and deserve our assistance.”