Good Morning Britain host Ed Balls told co-host Susanna Reid he has ‘personal experience’ of problems with the show
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Ed Balls hit it off at the UK’s Home for Ukraine show, as he revealed how he and his wife have applied to help support a family.
He told Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid on Tuesday that they had been matched with a family, after offering free space in their home.
But now Ed, like everyone else, faces a waiting game as they have to wait for their visas to go through, so that the selected family can travel – which he confirmed is a mother and two. her child.
Ed blew up the scheme after revealing that it took 10 days just to receive an email confirming the application remained unprocessed, having been matched almost a month ago.
Many have complained about the scheme and the lack of urgency, after families in the UK applied to accept one or more refugees.
With the planning process, many feel it takes too long – and many of those residents fit a family from Ukraine, or an individual, waiting for weeks to get their visas. mine.
Talking about this with Susanna, he explained, “I can say from personal experience, we actually signed up for the program in the first place, our family, our two older children are in college. school, so we have space.
“Three and a half weeks ago we reached a relationship with a family, a mother and two children, and we are still waiting for visas, [it’s] to be continued. “
He added: “They’re in Budapest, we really can’t let them travel yet, and it took almost 10 days before we got an email saying, ‘Someday we’ll deal with it. handle your application”.
“And why do you think we can’t have an emergency visa that we treat as an emergency, and get these families to a safe place and some calm and allow them to think about the rest? part of your life, instead of just being in limbo in other countries?”
Ed later flagged the matter again with Defense Secretary James Heappey on the show, sharing his personal experience and frustrations at how long it had gone with little contact.
Heappey agreed that more needs to be done to the response and planning, as he talked about the ways the government and the UK are helping the people of Ukraine.
Good Morning Britain airs at 6am on weekdays on ITV.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/ed-balls-slams-homes-ukraine-26798680 Ed Balls shuts down Homes for Ukraine program delayed after submitting application to host family