Information from SKDC website.

Find out more about Lincolnshire’s Ukraine Response

In response to the Ukraine situation, the Lincolnshire Resettlement Partnership is preparing to receive refugees into the county.

This includes:

  • considering housing and education provision
  • access to translation services
  • emotional and practical support

Message from SKDC Leader Cllr Kelham Cooke:

The humanitarian crisis resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine has affected millions of people and touched the hearts of every one of us.

South Kesteven District Council has a history of offering support for refugees, including recently to Afghan nationals, and will closely review needs and requirements with a view to doing so again to Ukrainian nationals where appropriate.

The Lincolnshire Local Resilience Forum has met to review the response to events in Ukraine for Lincolnshire.

Aid agencies and other organisations are providing all the support they can, and the UK Government has put in place two schemes to support refugees.

Homes for Ukraine (Sponsorship Scheme)

The Homes for Ukraine programme is open for visa applications from Ukrainians and immediate family members who already have named people willing to sponsor them

People wishing to be sponsors who do not know anyone personally fleeing Ukraine are able to register their interest in being a sponsor with the website now live.

  • Those offering accommodation will be subject to safeguarding checks and be required to commit to a minimum of six months. Safeguarding concerns remain important, given that the vast majority of refugees are women and children and a national vetting process will be in place.
  • Individuals, local authorities, community groups including charities and faith groups will be able to sponsor refugees.
  • The matching process is still to be clarified and further guidance is anticipated. More information is available via Homes for Ukraine scheme – expressions of interest (EOIs)

There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainian refugees who can live with UK host families under the sponsorship scheme. The Government has stated its hope that tens of thousands of people will benefit from the Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme.

In return for hosting a Ukrainian individual or family rent-free, or in another property, for at least six months, hosts will receive £350 a month as a ‘thank you’ from the Government (direct payment) – adding up to a minimum of £2,100.

Similar in scope and practice to the current Afghan scheme, local authorities will receive £10,500 per Ukrainian refugee for support services (districts/unitary councils). Additional payments to local authorities will be available to support school-age children.

Refugees will have full entitlement to work, access benefits and NHS and wider public services and allowed to stay (right to remain) in the UK for at least three years.

Ukraine Family Scheme

This will increase the number of people from Ukraine who are eligible to come to the UK to be reunited with their families.

As well as immediate family members, British nationals and people of any nationality settled in the UK will now be supported to bring parents, grandparents, children and siblings from Ukraine to the UK. We are still waiting for further detail on how this will be administered and if there is a role for South Kesteven.

As of 13 March 2022:

  • 32,400 applications had been opened
  • Out of 17,100 applications submitted, 10,600 appointments were made at a visa application centres
  • Of those 5,600 applications were conformed for processing and there were 1,800 outstanding applications for processing
  • A total 4,000 visas had been issued

Many residents of South Kesteven are showing their generosity through various appeals and, due to the collection of goods and supplies being complex and time-consuming, they are being encouraged to make financial donations to the following organisations:-