ouncils is seeing a “disturbing increase” in Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK and becoming homeless due to a rift in their relationship with their sponsors and access issues. live.
Ukrainian families arriving on family visas are having difficulty accessing cash while they wait for benefits, and some are being put in hotels because their loved ones cannot or do not want to stay home for surname.
And dozens of matches under the Homes for Ukraine program are understood to have collapsed, with local authorities having to place families in emergency accommodation while they wait to find new sponsors.
Councils are calling for a way to put refugees with broken matches back into the database so they can quickly match local area sponsors who are ready and waiting wait.
Newcomers can be accommodated with another sponsor if one is broken to ensure families can move quickly to other accommodation so they can rebuild their lives in the community their new
They are also exploring with the Government the possibility of combining people who cannot stay with their family sponsors with sponsors registered under the Home for Ukraine program.
Local Government Association (LGA) president, councilor James Jamieson, said councils need to be told in advance who is coming under the family scheme and provide funding so they can support.
“Clearance is also still needed in housing and safety inspections under the Home for Ukraine program and councils need clearer guidance on next steps if housing and maintenance checks are to be done,” he said. defense finds a mismatch and when sponsorship agreements are broken or simply terminated.
“Councils have noticed an increase in connection with the increase in homelessness presentations from people arriving in Ukraine – including those who have arrived under the family program and family accommodation. inappropriate families or relationships broke down shortly after arrival – and single children arriving in the UK need support.
“Newcomers may be able to stay with another sponsor if one funding breaks down to ensure families can move quickly to other accommodation so they can rebuild their lives in the community. their new coin.”
In a survey published last week, the LGA said 57 councils were reached by a total of 144 Ukrainian households who became homeless after arriving under both programmes.
The British Red Cross said it had to refer homeless people to homeless charities, local authorities and housing associations due to funding or accommodation issues.
In some cases, it has had to self-finance short-term accommodation as an emergency measure.
Its support line has been reached out to people who are having difficulty accessing cash while they wait for universal credit payments.
The charity said more needed to be done to address these “fundamental problems”.
We’re seeing more and more calls to our helpline from Ukrainians struggling to get cash and housing, and British families desperate for help but thwarted by the system.
In one case, a mother and her five children were placed in a hotel by a board after arriving on a family visa.
They are having trouble setting up a bank account without proof of address, and without a bank account, they cannot complete the universal credit application.
They were advised to go directly to their local Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) office, but it was at least three miles away and would take almost an hour on foot as they could not afford public transport.
When they arrived, the DWP asked the children to wait outside for the appointment, but the charity said family support workers were able to prevent this from happening.
Alex Fraser, British Red Cross Director of Refugee Assistance and Family Link Rehabilitation, said: “We are increasingly concerned about the accessibility of information about the support people receive when they come.
“We are seeing an increasing number of calls to our helpline from Ukrainians struggling to get cash and housing, and British families desperate for help but left out by the system. prevent.”