BARNSLEY Council will help refugees who were supporting British operations in Afghanistan to resettle in the borough after ruling cabinet members approved the £1.95m scheme this week.

Councillors decided to give the green light for the proposal to purchase 13 units - 12 units for rental and one for temporary accommodation - to house Afghan refugees in the town.

A report said: “The council has powers to acquire and provide housing accommodation under part two of the Housing Act 1985.

“This scheme is focused on Afghans who had been supporting British operations in Afghanistan and the funding is primarily to resettle them, especially those who are currently residing in the bridging accommodation.