Afghan interpreter’s council houses in Britain offers by David Cameron

KABUL: (MEP) – SIX hundred Afghan interpreters granted the right to a new life in the UK, will be offered council homes when they get here.

The Government has made a nationwide appeal to local housing authorities across the country in a bid to find accommodation for them.

Earlier this year Prime Minister David Cameron decided to throw open the door to the Afghans after an earlier ruling to discourage the interpreters and their families from coming to Britain provoked an angry backlash, daily star reported.

According to Government documents, the offer to come to the UK is made “in recognition” of service in areas like Helmand.

It is not yet certain if all 600 eligible men will come to the UK but it is clear the offer to come to Britain is on top of their redundancy packages.

Some of those entitled to travel were seriously injured while serving on the front line.

If they stay in their native Afghanistan when British troops leave next year they could become targets for Taliban retribution.

Under the plan local housing authorities throughout the country are being asked to make housing available next year.

In Peterborough, Cambridge shire, city council leader Marco Cereste said: “I think this is absolutely something the city should do.

“These people have been in the front line taking bullets with our troops and if we don’t help them they and their families could be killed.”

The Government is expected to foot the bill for travel and relocation costs of those Afghan families wishing to come to Britain with the first wave expected to arrive next year.

Last night a Cabinet Office source said: “The National Security Council agreed earlier this year some of our local staff in Afghanistan who risked their lives bravely working alongside our combat troops, in the most dangerous situations in places like Helmand, will be eligible to apply for relocation to the UK.”

Speaking in May, interpreter Mohammad Rafi Hottak welcomed the decision to admit the men, saying it would save lives.

He explained: “It has been late in coming but finally the Government has made the right decision.

“They have honored the services of the Afghan interpreters.

“This decision will save lives that are currently at risk.

“It will also send a message to the Taliban and the terrorists that the Afghan interpreters are not left alone to be persecuted.”

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