Up to 12,000 of the 15,000 Afghan refugees evacuated to the UK after the Taliban takeover are still in hotels awaiting a permanent home, Parliament has been told.
Pressed at Westminster, the Government was unable to give a target date for moving people out of temporary 'bridging' accommodation, amid concerns it was hampering their ability to access services, including education, and rebuild their lives.
But Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford told the House of Lords work was continuing with more than 300 local authorities that had pledged support to source housing.
Up to 12,000 of the 15,000 Afghan refugees evacuated to the UK after the Taliban takeover are still in hotels awaiting a permanent home, Parliament has been told
She said a complicating factor was that some of the families were 'quite big' and so finding appropriate accommodation was 'more of a challenge'.
Operation Pitting saw the UK airlift to safety more than 15,000 people judged to be at serious risk from the Taliban because of their role in assisting British forces during the 20-year-campaign in Afghanistan.
Responding to a question in the upper chamber, Lady Williams told peers: 'The cross-government effort to ensure that people were brought from