The Government’s decision to move evacuated Afghan families hundreds of miles across England to new temporary accommodation caused “considerable disruption” to the education of children facing exams, the High Court has been told.

Three refugee families are bringing a legal challenge against the Home Secretary, alleging she failed to fulfil a commitment to help them rebuild their lives in the UK after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in the summer of 2021.

They claim an offer to transfer them from a London hotel – in an area where children were studying and others had jobs – to further temporary accommodation in northern England was “unlawful”, the court was told.

Lawyers for the families say several children still do not have school places months after the move, while one woman is at risk of losing her job in the capital.

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The families have launched a legal challenge against the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman (Victoria Jones/PA)

They accuse the Home Secretary, a role currently occupied by Suella Braverman, of failing to take into account the personal circumstances of the Afghan nationals when considering where they could be housed.

The Home Secretary’s lawyers dispute the linked claims, saying individual situations were looked at but the Cabinet minister was not under an “enforceable duty” to provide accommodation to the families.

Martin Westgate KC, for the families, told a High Court hearing in London on Tuesday they were brought to the UK via resettlement schemes and settled in London over the course of a year.

They experienced “upheaval” when they were offered the move up north last September after their hotel ended its contract with the Government, the court was told.

Mr Westgate said the families had a “vulnerability to a succession of temporary moves”, with the transfer coming when some children

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