Cash for Ukrainian refugees
Households who’ve taken in Ukrainian refugees ought to obtain double the funding amid the price of residing disaster, the minister in control of the scheme has stated.
Lord Harrington, the refugees minister, stated he fears round 1 / 4 of households internet hosting individuals who have fled the conflict may pull out after the primary six months as they wrestle with hovering power payments.
He has requested the Treasury to double the “thanks” fee of £350 a month to £700, in response to The Telegraph.
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Lord Harrington instructed the newspaper: “I’ve requested the Treasury for the second six months to extend the thanks fee from £350 to £700
“Individuals are below stress. I can not say with exhausting proof, however all my intestine tells me that if they’re in monetary problem [the increased payment] will assist lots.”
The request comes forward of the six-month anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s bloody invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday.
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With minimal fanfare On Monday, Downing Avenue stated Boris Johnson’s last fortnight in workplace will embrace restating assist for Ukraine and highlighting measures to deal with the price of residing disaster.
Fears have been rising that the UK may face blackouts amid hovering power costs and strains on provides, primarily resulting from Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Lord Harrington stated he was “optimistic” that the Treasury would conform to his request.
He stated the Properties for Ukraine scheme saves the federal government the price of renting flats for individuals so “there is a monetary purpose in addition to an ethical and humanitarian one” to extend funds to host households.
He stated he has additionally requested the Treasury for more cash to fund English language classes for refugees, so extra can get jobs to allow them to lease a property of their very own.
Greater than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived within the UK because the conflict broke out in February.
Individuals who provided up their houses to Ukrainians have been requested to decide to an preliminary six-month keep, with the promise of £350 month-to-month fee for prices related to serving to out.
Mr Johnson has beforehand stated any main new fiscal insurance policies must be selected by his successor – Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak – who might be introduced on September 5.