A South London council will house Afghan refugees for free in an area where the average house price is over £750,000.

Kingston Council agreed to resettle 11 families fleeing the Taliban in privately owned properties in the borough during its People Committee on September 21.

Homes in leafy Kingston were valued at an average price of £763,499 in the last year, according to Rightmove data.

The council confirmed no social housing will be used to house refugees, only privately-owned properties.

The authority said it has already received a list of landlords happy to house refugees in their properties.

It was also agreed to extend the resettlement of vulnerable refugees under the Kingston resettlement scheme with a new target.

This scheme will be for all nationalities seeking help, once the current allocation of 50 people is met.

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There are 1,700 refugees in hotels across the UK. including children who are receiving education there. But none are in Kingston hotels yet.

Around 7,000 refugees need relocating under the Afghan citizens relocation scheme, and the Home Office is seeking to relocate 5,000 in the first year and over 20,000 over a longer period.

Cllr Diane White, portfolio holder for children services, said at the meeting: “I think that we’re a very welcoming and inclusive borough and I look forward to us playing our part in supporting the citizens of Afghanistan as a partnership of local authority, health and voluntary sector organisations.”