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Homes for Ukraine scheme

Our thoughts go to everyone affected by what’s happing in Ukraine at the moment.

If you are a resident with friends and family in Ukraine, see the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s advice:

How you can show your support

  • Support for refugees - 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme
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    The Government has launched its 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme being led by The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Under the scheme people in the UK will be able to nominate an individual or family to stay with them rent-free, or in another property, for at least six months.

    Households will be offered £350 a month to help support the refugees. Checks will be made on all hosts by the Government and Ukrainian applicants will also undergo security checks. Ukrainians welcomed into this scheme will be eligible to work, access state benefits and public services for three years.

    If you wish to open your Cottsway home to an individual or family fleeing the war in Ukraine, please contact us before applying.

    It is important to remember that:

    • We cannot allow your home to become overcrowded.
    • You cannot let the whole of your Cottsway home to someone else - you must still live at the address.
    • You will be responsible for the behaviour of anyone you invite into your home, including a refugee.
    • You must be able to help house someone for at least 6 months.
    • You will not be able to charge any rent for housing a refugee. However, the government are offering an optional ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month, for up to 12 months, for as long as you sponsor somebody.
    • If you receive benefits you must tell the relevant agency about the money you receive as it may affect your claim.

    For more information about the Homes for Ukraine scheme, see the Government’s webpage:

  • Financial donations
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    According to the UK Government, one of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organisations. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed, and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed. 

    If you want to donate money, there are a number of charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine, but the Government is encouraging people to donate to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) so the funds can be shared across a range of charities.

    The DEC is made up of 15 leading UK aid charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialise in different areas of disaster response, including ActionAid UK, British Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam GB and Save the Children UK. They come together to speak in one voice and to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas.

    Please be safe online when donating money to support Ukraine. Ensure that you research any organisation or website that asks for money before submitting your payment details.

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