Local authorities will receive £10,500 for each Ukrainian refugee transferred to Northamptonshire

A vigil was held in Northampton town center on February 28 to show support for Ukraine. Photo by Kirsty Edmonds.

Local authorities receive £10,500 per refugee resettled in their area.

The money will cover a number of things, including:

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◾ Evaluation of host properties

◾ Perform Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on hosts – enhanced checks will be required for homes that will be hosting children or vulnerable adults

◾ Provide immediate financial assistance, possibly until access to benefits and the right to work are organized

◾ Continue to support the household during the first 12 months and assist with access to services and integration into UK systems and processes

Partner agencies are preparing to help on a number of other fronts such as access to health services, social care and education.

Councilor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement and Regulatory Services, said: “Our communities have an incredible record of welcoming and supporting new people to the area, and this is no exception.

“I am amazed at the kindness and generosity everyone is showing and urge people to think carefully about the commitment they are making by signing up for the government’s Homes for Ukraine program.

“Many of us can only imagine the heavy toll the war in Ukraine will take on its people, many of whom have been displaced by fierce fighting.

“Anyone moving here will have immediate needs that will need to be met, and many will also have long-term support needs due to their experiences.

“We and our partners will do everything we can to help refugees through this extremely traumatic and difficult time.”

Some details are still being worked out, but the two councils have confirmed that once refugees have been matched with host families, they can begin the visa application process.

The government carries out the visa checks and once these are approved, applicants will be allowed to travel to the UK.

North Northamptonshire Council leader Councilor Jason Smithers said: ‘We have all seen the images on the news of the devastation and chaos in Ukraine so it is only right that we do what we can to support the people seeking solace here in the UK.

“At times like these, the people of North Northants show extraordinary generosity and kindness and Ukrainians will feel welcome.

“Of course, this relocation will have to be done properly and in a coordinated way and that’s where we play a role in ensuring that short-term needs and long-term needs are met.”

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