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Britons who welcome Ukrainian refugees receive £350 a month from the Government

The Homes for Ukraine program will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to bring people fleeing war to safety, the government said.

Britons providing homes to Ukrainian refugees through a new humanitarian route will receive a'thank you' payment of £350
Britons providing homes to Ukrainian refugees through a new humanitarian route will receive a ‘thank you’ payment of £350

Britons who provide homes to Ukrainian refugees through a new humanitarian route will receive a “thank you” payment of £350 a month, the Government has announced.

The Homes for Ukraine Plan, to be rolled out this week, will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to bring people fleeing war to safety – even if they have no ties to the UK.

Donors can nominate a named Ukrainian individual or family to live with them in their home, or provide a private property for their free use.

It comes as the Government has faced criticism for the speed and scale of its efforts to bring Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion to the UK.

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Those sponsoring refugees through the new untapped route will have to commit to the program for a minimum of six months, but are encouraged to maintain their offer for as long as possible.

Accommodation providers will be screened and Ukrainian applicants will undergo a security check.

As a ‘thank you’, donors will receive a payment of £350 a month. A website that collects expressions of interest will launch on Monday.

The government says it is also working to make it possible for communities, volunteer sectors and charitable and religious organizations to fund Ukrainian groups.

Michael Gove, Minister for Upgrades, Housing and Communities, said the UK was “behind Ukraine in its darkest hour”, and urged people to “join the national effort” to help those in need. Refugees.

But Labor warned that there were “too many unanswered questions” about the new plan.

Shadow level up secretary Lisa Nandy said it was not yet clear what support would be provided to vulnerable children and older adults, and whether support would be provided for unaccompanied children. and what assistance will be available to local governments, donor organizations and housing providers.

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She said if Britons were required to have prior contact with a Ukrainian family to sponsor them, it would be “a serious limitation”.

“The pandemic shows that in a crisis we can emerge as a country,” she added.

“We are ready to do it again. So far ministers have behaved like these are normal times, but these are extraordinary times and we need extraordinary measures. “

“The crisis in Ukraine has sent shockwaves across the world as hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been forced to flee their homes, leaving behind everything they knew and loved,” Mr. Gove said.

“The UK stands behind Ukraine in its darkest hour and the British public understands the need to get as many people to safety as quickly as possible.







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“I urge people across the country to join the national effort and support our Ukrainian friends. Together, we can provide a safe home for those who desperately need it.”

Sponsored Ukrainians will be given three years of leave to stay in the UK, with the right to work and access public services.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford said both Scotland and Wales were ready to be “super sponsors” for Ukrainian refugees.

In a letter to Mr Gove, they also went on to call on Westminster to waive all visa requirements for Ukrainian nationals trying to enter the UK.







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The governments in Holyrood and Cardiff say the super funding will allow Ukrainians to gain clearance to enter each country quickly and gain temporary residency while they work with local partners to provide accommodation. long-term stay, protection and access to services.

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Saturday announced that online lessons would be made available to 100,000 refugee students as they transition to “life and safety” in the UK.

He told BBC’s Question Time earlier this week: “What you’re seeing now is our ability to attract even more Ukrainians.

“I can tell you in my own education department, I have a team that has a plan in place for 100,000 children that we are going to admit into our schools.”

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