Ukrainians refugees are being forced to register as homeless upon arriving in Britain because their relatives don’t have enough space and the government isn’t offering them alternative accommodation, it has emerged.
The refugees have been granted visas on the UK family scheme but their relatives in Britain do not have have enough room to house them, leaving councils to ‘pick up the pieces’.
The government hasn’t made any extra funding available because the Ukraine family scheme, opened on March 4, assumes the refugees will be staying with relatives.
However, in some cases the UK-based relatives do not have space for their family members fleeing Ukraine, leaving councils and charities to support them.
The latest development was reported by the Local Government Association, which represents 350 councils across England and Wales.
The body has called on the government to provide funding to support Ukrainian refugees presenting as homeless.
Councils are given £10,500 per refugee when…