Councils ‘ready to welcome Ukrainians’

As first was going to press, the LGA was continuing to work closely with the Government and partners to ensure support for new arrivals from Ukraine is put in place quickly and at scale, and that families are kept safe.

Tens of thousands of Britons have offered up their homes to people escaping the war in Ukraine, by registering for the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

Under the scheme, councils are expected to offer a range of support, including data sharing, safeguarding and accommodation checks, administering payments to guests and their sponsors, providing school places, and supporting the integration of Ukrainian families into their local communities.

The LGA is feeding through issues raised by councils – including around data sharing, safeguarding and housing checks, and funding – to inform government guidance,

Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said: “The humanitarian crisis caused by the Ukraine invasion is heart-breaking.

“Councils are ready to help new arrivals from Ukraine settle in the UK and to support communities who wish to offer assistance to those fleeing the devastating conflict.

“Councils will be central in helping families settle into their communities and access public services, including schools, public health and other support, including access to trauma counselling.

“The Government must continue to work closely with councils, the community and voluntary sector and other key local partners to co-design this sponsorship scheme so it can move at pace and scale. We look forward to seeing more details as soon as possible.”

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