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‘Unacceptable that Ukrainians can’t swap between visa schemes after arrival’

Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK underneath the household visa scheme with nowhere to dwell shouldn’t must register as homeless when residents close by are providing lodging, the Authorities has been informed.

They need to additionally not be required to discover a sponsor earlier than “escaping a war zone” if their member of the family can’t give them a room, Labour MP Clive Betts stated in a letter to refugees minister Lord Harrington.

Refugees with household connections in the UK are at present unable to switch on to the Homes For Ukraine sponsorship scheme if their relations can’t present lodging.

This implies councils are having to offer them with emergency lodging, reminiscent of resorts.

In a letter to Mr Betts, who’s chairman of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, Lord Harrington had stated it’s not doable to change schemes after arrival.

Ukrainians with relations who can’t accommodate them are “welcome to use” underneath the sponsorship scheme, however should accomplish that earlier than they arrive in the UK, he stated.

Mr Betts stated the committee had discovered this “unacceptable”, and that he “strongly” urges the Authorities to rethink the coverage.

Responding to Lord Harrington on Wednesday, he wrote: “It shouldn’t be incumbent on refugees escaping a war zone to discover a sponsor earlier than leaving that war zone just because their household in the UK doesn’t have appropriate lodging.

“Nor ought to a refugee arriving on the household scheme must register with their council as homeless when residents in the world are prepared to supply lodging.”

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