BARNSLEY Council bosses have been contacted by the government in relation to a resettlement scheme which will this year rehome 5,000 Afghan nationals who are at risk due to the current crisis.

Over the next few years up to 20,000 women, children and others most in need will be welcomed to the UK under one of the ‘most generous’ resettlement schemes in the country’s history.

Those people who have been forced to flee their home from the Taliban will be offered a route to set up home in the UK permanently.

Barnsley Council confirmed government officials had been in touch regarding the scheme.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and communities, said: “Our thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan fleeing their homes and country due to the rapidly escalating situation.

“The government have been in contact with the council and we’re waiting for more detail on their proposals.

“We’re working alongside all other councils in the region, coordinated by Migration Yorkshire.”