Refugees will be moved to new accommodation in Northamptonshire as adviser says hotel is ‘not fit for purpose’

Councilor Danielle Stone said one of the hotels where Afghan refugees are staying in Northampton was “not fit for purpose”.

A group of Afghan refugees resettled in Northamptonshire will relocate after concerns were expressed over its relevance.

According to Councilor Danielle Stone of West Northamptonshire, acting as part of the Northampton Town of Sanctuary, one hotel is functioning well but the other is currently “not fit for purpose”.

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She claims there is no common space, kitchen or outdoor space, which makes it unsuitable for families with children.

Cllr Stone said this journal: “It’s okay now when they can go out. But as the winter sets in and the nights get darker, it will be more difficult for them.

“I think we have two contrasting situations; a [hotel] works and we are not.

“Where you have a good location, a lot is possible. When it’s a bad location, nothing is.

“It’s really difficult to meet the needs of children.

The Interior Ministry has since confirmed that refugees living in the “inappropriate” hotel will be moved to new accommodation.

Cllr Stone also claims that the government department failed to provide important documents in the form of ID cards and pre-loaded cards.

These would be used to help refugees buy needed goods or services.

Initially promised to be delivered once out of quarantine, Afghan families are still awaiting these documents.

Although it is understood that they are arriving, Cllr Stone blames the “ineffectiveness” of the Home Office for the delay.

She said: “It will make everyone feel helpless and unable to do what they want to do.

“These are people with aspirations and they will want to settle down and do well.”

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “A significant intergovernmental effort is underway to ensure that the thousands of Afghans who have been evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, continue their studies and integrate into their local communities.

“We continue to work with local authorities to find suitable accommodation as quickly as possible, although we continue to have to use hotels as a temporary measure due to unprecedented demand.

“Here they get full board meals and all the essentials they need.

“We are working quickly to provide them with preloaded maps so they can go independent and buy these essentials on their own.”

An online fundraiser has been launched by Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire with the aim of raising £ 15,000 for refugee families. Donate here.

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