More information about a plan to link Ukrainian refugees with persons in the UK who are interested in hosting them will be released later. The website will subsequently go online, allowing people to indicate their interest in assisting and get a monthly “thank you” of £350.
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, said the scheme might help tens of thousands of displaced people. Meanwhile, on Sunday night, the Prime Minister met with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Boris Johnson promised to “pursue new alternatives for supporting Ukraine’s self-defence,” according to No 10, and talked about ways to stop the conflict. According to Downing Street, he also denounced the deaths of [American journalist] Brent Renaud and numerous other innocent Ukrainians.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested that the government provide 500 portable energy generators to be used in institutions such as hospitals and shelters that have lost power as a result of the invasion. This week, Mr. Johnson is hosting a series of meetings in London and Chequers with Nordic and Baltic leaders.
No. 10 says he will encourage them to work together to guarantee that Vladimir Putin’s aggressiveness does not affect any more countries. People in the UK will be able to nominate a person or family to live with them rent-free or in another house for at least six months under the Homes for Ukraine initiative.
Both hosts and refugees will be verified as part of the application process, which will be done online. Hosts will be compensated £350 each month.
Charities and churches will be permitted to sponsor refugees in the future, however, there is no set start date for this part of the program.
Local governments would also get an extra £10,500 per refugee for support services, including more for school-aged children. While the NSPCC wanted the Homes for Ukraine program to start as soon as possible, it was concerned about safety checks on potential hosts.
“Vital child protection is incorporated into every level of the government’s and local authorities’ response to this catastrophe,” the children’s organisation stated.
The administration has been chastised for the pace and scope of its reaction, particularly by its MPs.
Danny Kruger, a Conservative MP, told the BBC that the Home Secretary “must accept responsibility” for the difficulties Ukrainian migrants have had in entering the UK.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Party’s leader, called the UK’s refugee help “too sluggish, too limited, and too harsh.”
Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, said on Sunday that Home Secretary Priti Patel should be fired for leading the response with “incompetence, indifference, and sheer inhumanity.”
The Home Office justified the requirement for security checks on Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s incursion, claiming that the UK must support those who are truly in need. It claims it has already witnessed people claiming to be Ukrainian when they are not.
According to the UN Refugee Agency’s latest estimates, more than 2.5 million refugees have fled the nation as a result of Russia’s invasion, with another 1.85 million displaced within the country.
Meanwhile, the health minister said that 21 Ukrainian youngsters with cancer will begin NHS treatment in the UK soon.