The Somerset Guardian, 23rd March 2022

This week, the Minister for Rough Sleeping, Eddie Hughes, wrote to all Members of Parliament (MPs) as regards the Homes for Ukraine scheme that was launched on 14th March.

Since then, 150,000 members of the public have recorded their interest in supporting people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Only some of those will become sponsors but it is a reminder of the extraordinary generosity of the British public. Those who do not end up sponsoring will, nonetheless, be able to play an important role in helping to welcome those arriving from Ukraine and ensuring they integrate effectively into our society.

Last week, the application portal for Phase One of the scheme opened and the first visas were issued. Applications are welcome from those who wish to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) and who have named people in the UK willing to sponsor them. The application form can be completed either by the sponsor in the UK or by the Ukrainian applicant at Information on how to apply will be supplied. 
Charities, faith groups, universities, businesses and industry representative bodies will have extensive networks with communities and individuals across Europe so anyone seeking refuge ought to get the support that they need. The Government will be working with all of them to ensure that people are properly matched.

The Government will continue to do everything in its power to support people trying to flee Putin’s campaign of terror. Those arriving under the recently established scheme will be able to live and work here for up to three years, with access to healthcare, benefits, employment support, education and English language tuition.

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