Homes for Ukraine
On Monday the government launched the Homes for Ukraine scheme to build on the UK’s proud and long history of supporting people in need, as the we continue to play a leading role in supporting the humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
- Our country has a long and proud history of taking in people in need, supporting the most vulnerable during their darkest hour, and we are doing so again with the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
- Phase One of the scheme, which launched on Monday, saw 44,000 sponsors sign up in the first five hours. This allows sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them – and in return they will receive £350 per month.
- The courage shown by the Ukrainian people in the face of devastation caused by the invasion of their great country is nothing short of remarkable – I am sure we all hope large numbers of people will consider becoming sponsors and agree that every effort needs to be made for Britain to play our part in helping those driven from their homes in what has already become the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II and is still growing frighteningly fast.
- There is an excellent piece assessing the scale of the challenge and some of the issues which will have to be addressed to make Britain's contribution meaningful by Daniel Johnson here: He concludes as follows.
- "The British people should be able to look back on this crisis and feel that we played our full part, with compassion and decency, in this supreme test of humanity. Ukrainians need our help now. We must not fail them."