Homes for Ukraine

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Homes for Ukraine is a British government scheme started in 2022, which allows households to provide accommodation for Ukrainian refugees created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


On 24 February 2022, Russia launched an invasion of its neighbour Ukraine.[1] Over the following weeks, large numbers of refugees began to flee the country.[2] The UK government's initial reaction to this was criticised for the maintenance of visa restrictions and the believed slowness of accepting applications.[3] On 11 March, the prime minister said a scheme was being planned to allow members of the public to house refugees in their homes.[4] On 13 March, Housing Secretary Michael Gove said that individuals would receive a £350 payment for housing refugees and that local authorities would also receive additional funding for their support.[5]

The website for the Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched on 14 March,[6] with more than 100,000 people and organisations registering an interest in housing refugees within the first day.[7]

In the first 15 days of the scheme there had been 28,300 applications. As of 30 March, 2,700 visas had been accepted, with 1,000 refugees under the scheme having arrived in the UK.[8][9] By April 8, 12,500 visas had been issued, with 1,200 refugees arrived, out of 43,600 applications.[10]


The scheme is run by Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities under Simon Clarke. It gives volunteers the opportunity to house refugees. Various charitable organisations are asking the public to contact them to make pairings between refugees and sponsors who do not already know each other. Hosts are required to undergo some light background checks, and the host will receive £350 payments every month for up to twelve months (regardless of the number of refugees being supported).[11][12] The £350 will not affect benefit entitlements and is tax-free.[13]

After the refugee's arrival in the UK, the host will be expected to provide rent-free accommodation in their home or elsewhere for at least six months. They are not required to provide food and living expenses but can choose to do so.[12] The refugees will be allowed to work, and access public services and state benefits.[14] Child refugees will be able to attend local schools,[15] with online lessons being specifically designed for this demographic.[16] In addition each refugee is entitled to a £200 interim payment administered by the local council. This payment does not need to be repaid. The £200 belongs to the arriving Ukrainian and should not be requested by the Sponsor or host. With self-contained accommodation, the host and refugee should agree who will pay Council Tax.[17] Hosts may ask refugees to pay a reasonable and proportionate contribution (according to use) for water, gas and electricity consumed or supplied to the accommodation or to any shared facilities.[18]

Related schemes[edit]

The UK government's Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members who are already resident in the UK.[19]

In May 2023, one of the architects of the plan, Dr Krish Kandiah, urged the British government to adopt a similar scheme for refugees from Sudan. [20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ukraine conflict: Russian forces attack from three sides". BBC News. 24 February 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  2. ^ Tidman, Zoe (15 March 2022). "More than 3 million have fled Ukraine since invasion, authorities say". The Independent. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  3. ^ M, Muvija (8 March 2022). "UK criticised over Ukraine refugee scheme, says 500 visas issued so far". Reuters. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Mary; Lee, Joseph (11 March 2022). "Ukraine war: People can welcome refugees into their homes - PM". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  5. ^ Lee, Joseph; Lindrea, Victoria; Bowden, George (13 March 2022). "Ukraine war: UK households offered £350 a month for hosting refugees". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  6. ^ Donoghue, J. J. (14 March 2022). "Homes For Ukraine refugee website down as thousands sign up". Bristol Live. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  7. ^ Wright, Robert; Strauss, Delphine (15 March 2022). "UK scheme to house Ukraine refugees nets 100,000 offers in 24 hours". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  8. ^ Turner, Lauren (30 March 2022). "Homes for Ukraine: 2,700 visas issued, government reveals". BBC News. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  9. ^ O'Byrne Mulligan, Euan (30 March 2022). "How many Ukrainian refugees are in the UK? Visa figures and how many people have applied for Homes for Ukraine". i. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  10. ^ Francis, Alannah (8 April 2020). "Homes for Ukraine: Only 1,200 refugees have arrived in UK via scheme, official figures reveal". i. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  11. ^ Elgot, Jessica (15 March 2022). "Homes for Ukraine: what do I need to do to host refugees in the UK?". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  12. ^ a b Reality Check (15 March 2022). "How do the UK's schemes for Ukrainian refugees work?". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  13. ^ "[Withdrawn] Homes for Ukraine scheme: Frequently asked questions". 19 January 2023.
  14. ^ Kovacevic, Tamara (15 March 2022). "How can I offer a UK home to Ukrainian refugees?". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  15. ^ Keane, Daniel; Blake, Elly (15 March 2022). "What is the Homes for Ukraine refugees scheme and how do you apply?". Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Online lessons to be offered to Ukrainian refugee children coming to UK, Education Secretary announces". ITV News. 11 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Homes for Ukraine: Guidance for hosts and sponsors". 24 April 2023.
  18. ^ "[Withdrawn] Homes for Ukraine scheme: Frequently asked questions". 19 January 2023.
  19. ^ "Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa". GOV.UK. 4 April 2022. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  20. ^ Dugan, Emily (2023-05-15). "Recreate UK's Homes for Ukraine scheme for Sudan refugees, urges one of plan's architects". The Guardian. Retrieved 2023-05-15.

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