From Monday 14th March 2022, people in the UK who are happy to sponsor someone fleeing Ukraine, have been able to register their interest on the UK Government website under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.
Phase One of the scheme opened on Friday 18th March 2022 and this allows sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home for at least 6 months.
Hexagon is happy to support any of our residents who wish to do this, provided of course you have a spare bedroom, and there are no other reasons why you shouldn’t have someone in your home.
So if you have a spare room and you’d like to host a household/person fleeing Ukraine, we won’t stand in your way.
If you are claiming any benefits, please make sure to update the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with your new household details when they arrive. If you are affected by the under-occupation charge, please let DWP or Housing Benefit know so that they know you no longer have a spare room.
We understand that as far as the DWP are concerned, the £350 per month payment per household will be disregarded from your income for benefit purposes. We do not yet know how this will affect Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal credit claims, or how this will be treated by HMRC for tax purposes.