UK plans monetary compensation for those who open their home to Ukrainian refugees

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Over 3,000 visas for Ukrainians fleeing the war with Russia have already been processed in the UK. Tens of thousands more are expected and any Brit who opens their home to refugees may receive monetary compensation.

The “scheme to get people in the UK to house Ukrainian refugees in their spare rooms will be launched on Monday and people could start hosting in a week’s time” reports Sky News. Michael Gove, the housing and levelling up secretary in charge of the refugee scheme on Sunday.

Gove told sky news that Ukrainian refugees could come to the UK and “For each individual who comes, just over £10,000 per individual will be available to local authorities” said Gove. “And then there’ll be additional payments for those children who are of school age and need to be accommodated within the education system” he said.

Those taking part in the campaign called “Homes for Ukraine” will receive £350-a-month as a “thank you” from the government. Individuals interested in offering up their homes and spare rooms can register for the program beginning Monday.

“Matching will be taking place from Friday” said Gove. “I would expect that in a week’s time we’ll see the first people coming here under the scheme” he added. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is supportive, but skeptical of the measure.

“Those plans just need to be in place now” said Starmer. “I’d have more comfort if there was a solid plan on the table – local authority leaders are saying they haven’t been consulted yet…they’re ready to put the support in, housing providers need to be involved in this. I want to see a concrete plan on the ground” he said.

Starmer referenced the recent crisis with Afghan refugees saying, “what I saw in the summer [with Afghanistan refugees] was you need language experts, experts with traumatized families, you need experts who can help them contact their relatives back in the country they’ve just fled from.”

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