There are “significant concerns” that stretched local authority services will not be able to cope with an influx of refugees from Ukraine presenting to councils as homeless, MPs have warned.
Clive Betts, chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, made the admission in a letter to refugees minister Lord Harrington, following reports that people from Ukraine who have arrived in the UK are now ending up without a home.
Betts also said that refugees should be able to switch between support schemes after arriving in the UK if there are residents nearby willing to accommodate them rather than calling on councils for support.
“Stories of Ukrainian families arriving in the UK, living in single rooms and being forced to declare themselves homeless after fleeing war are adding to concerns that Ukrainian refugees are not getting the support they need,” said Betts.
“Local authorities will see increasing demands for their services and yet are being told by government there is no funding to cover this under the Ukraine Family Scheme. The government needs to step up and put this right.”
Ukrainians fleeing the conflict in their home country have been able to come to the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme if they have a family member settled in the UK or if they have a sponsor through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.