The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan was highlighted at today's meeting of East Lothian Council.

In a statement of urgent business, Provosot John McMillan said:

"Prior to considering our agenda of business for today I must highlight the significant public concern regarding the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding before us in Afghanistan and the plight facing those that are attempting to flee their country.

"This Council must play its part in arrangements that are being developed through Scottish and UK Governments and COSLA.

"I am aware that our officers are in day to day contact through COSLA and are actively engaged in identifying the emergency, temporary and settled accommodation that we can across all housing partners, as well as considering the wider intervention that will be required. Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, I would ask that officers provide regular updates to members as the situation develops."

Published: Tuesday, 24th August 2021