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The darker side of Homes for Ukraine

More than 1,000 refugees have arrived in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, but dozens have already seen their housing agreements collapse due to “matching errors”, government officials said.

According to reports, male hosts make unwelcome sexual advances towards female refugees The times. In one case, a woman in her 20s said she is trying to move to another home after the man she was matched with asked if she had a boyfriend and if she was ready for a relationship.

“She’s scared because now she wants to find another sponsor,” said a friend in a Facebook group that brings together British hosts with Ukrainian refugees.

A source in the Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities responsible for this the schemetold the Times that there have been “several instances where the host and fugitive match has already failed” and “the relationship has fallen apart.”

There have also been reports that local councils have been overzealous with their security checks on potential hosts Daily Mail said there had been “appalling examples of bureaucracy” for those hoping to take in refugees.

During an interview on Radio 4 world onethe chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils and carries out home security checks, was confronted with the nature of security checks.

Presenter Sarah Montague said she had heard of cases where people were asked to empty their ponds if a child was about to join them, or a family was reassigned their home because the sockets were too low for children.

“Does that really stop someone from coming out of a war zone?” she asked.

LGA Chair James Jamieson said: “We know someone coming from a war zone is infinitely safer in a home in the UK, even if they’re a little damp or whatever.”

Meanwhile, a refugee group said they had “a number of concerns” about the scheme, “particularly in relation to bureaucracy, protection and resources.”

writing for The IAndy Hewett, director of advocacy at the Refugee Council, said that among the refugees are “very traumatized women and children who will need a lot of help and often professional support.”

He added that “there is a risk that the new system will not include the robust controls, training or professional support needed to provide such support.”

Hewett wrote that where the relationship with the sponsor breaks down and the refugee cannot afford private rental housing, there is a “real risk” of becoming homeless.

He called on the government to provide access to social benefits “without long delays” and said: “We need to think about what happens when private sponsorship ends and give Ukrainians the opportunity to move into their own homes when they want this in the long term.”

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/uk-news/956414/the-darker-side-to-homes-for-ukraine The darker side of Homes for Ukraine

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