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Support for Ukrainian Refugees

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Cheshire East Council has released details of how Ukrainian refugees will be supported in the borough in the first phase of the government's 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme.

Over the last few days, central government has started to provide specific guidance about local authority responsibilities under the scheme.

The council has also now started to receive information about local sponsors and refugees heading to the borough. This has enabled the council and its partners to put processes in place and allocate resources.

The first phase is a sponsorship route to allow Ukrainians, who are known to sponsors in the UK, to come into the country under a visa to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds for three years.

The sponsor will have committed to provide accommodation for a minimum of six months.To date, sponsors in Cheshire East have volunteered 79 properties to accommodate one or more refugees, with 200 Ukrainians registered to come to the borough under the scheme.

It is anticipated that these numbers will continue to change as the scheme progresses. The council is working with partners to provide support to sponsor households, refugees and other organisations, who may be able to provide help under the scheme.

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