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Support for Ukraine

Rutland County Council has pledged its support to Ukraine and the Ukrainian families who have been forced to flee from the war in their country.

This page contains information about Government support schemes that have been set up to help Ukrainian refugees. 

It also has details of how Rutland County Council is working to support these schemes locally.

Ukraine Family Scheme

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK.

It is free to apply and offers the ability to live, work and study in the UK, as well as access public funds.

More information about this scheme can be found on the national GOV.UK website.

There is also a free 24/7 free helpline set up for telephone enquiries: +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK).

Homes for Ukraine

The Homes for Ukraine Scheme enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for those forced to escape the country.

Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but with a minimum expectation of six months. 

People arriving under this scheme will be able to:

  • Live and work in the UK for up to three years
  • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition

Sponsors will receive:

  • A £350 per month ‘thank you’ payment from the Government 
  • Wraparound support from their local council, who will assist both sponsors and refugees

Factsheet for Ukrainians

Find out more about the UK’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme and apply to be a sponsor though the Government’s website

The UK charity Reset UK has launched a matching and training service for sponsors and refugees as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme - find out about the support available.

Council support 

We now know that households across the country are supporting Ukrainian families to reach safety. We are also aware that people may soon be arriving at sponsor households. There are certain things that Councils will be required to do as part of the process, and we are waiting for some further guidance on this. However, we expect to provide:

  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service)
  • Property inspections
  • Safeguarding checks for host families upon arrive
  • Reception welcome for refugees
  • Education provision
  • Support to access benefits
  • Community integration
  • Administer payments to host families (£350 each month)

If you have any questions. please email us: ukraine@rutland.gov.uk

IMPORTANT: If you would like to apply to be a sponsor as part of the UK’s national Homes for Ukraine Scheme, please register your interest online through the Government’s website.  Once you have registered, please wait to be contacted by Rutland County Council. We will be in touch with you at the appropriate time.

Other ways to help

There are other ways to offer help and support to families who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. This includes donating money and essential items. Further information can be found online through the Government’s Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities.

Frequently asked questions - view on gov.uk

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