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UK plans monetary compensation for those who open their home to Ukrainian refugees

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Over 3,000 visas for Ukrainians fleeing the war with Russia have already been processed in the UK. Tens of thousands more are expected and any Brit who opens their home to refugees may receive monetary compensation.

The “scheme to get people in the UK to house Ukrainian refugees in their spare rooms will be launched on Monday and people could start hosting in a week’s time” reports Sky News. Michael Gove, the housing and levelling up secretary in charge of the refugee scheme on Sunday.

Gove told sky news that Ukrainian refugees could come to the UK and “For each individual who comes, just over £10,000 per individual will be available to local authorities” said Gove. “And then there’ll be additional payments for those children who are of school age and need to be accommodated within the education system” he said.

Those taking part in the campaign called “Homes for Ukraine” will receive £350-a-month as a “thank you” from the government. Individuals interested in offering up their homes and spare rooms can register for the program beginning Monday.

“Matching will be taking place from Friday” said Gove. “I would expect that in a week’s time we’ll see the first people coming here under the scheme” he added. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is supportive, but skeptical of the measure.

“Those plans just need to be in place now” said Starmer. “I’d have more comfort if there was a solid plan on the table – local authority leaders are saying they haven’t been consulted yet…they’re ready to put the support in, housing providers need to be involved in this. I want to see a concrete plan on the ground” he said.

Starmer referenced the recent crisis with Afghan refugees saying, “what I saw in the summer [with Afghanistan refugees] was you need language experts, experts with traumatized families, you need experts who can help them contact their relatives back in the country they’ve just fled from.”

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  1. Lynn

    March 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    What in Hades is a “leveling up secretary?” The Brits surely have some odd terminology.

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VIDEO: Russia Moving Missiles Towards Finland Border

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Putin has said in recent years that Finland is considered friendly so long as they do not join NATO. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed Sunday he has applied for NATO membership.

MetroUK tweeted chilling video and reported the following:

Russia has started moving nuclear-capable missiles towards its border with Finland hours after Moscow vowed not to tolerate Helsinki’s plans to join Nato.

The Kremlin issued a chilling warning that plans for both Finland and Sweden to sign up to the Atlantic alliance were a ‘grave mistake with far reaching consequences’.

Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: ‘They should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it,’ and insisted ‘the general level of military tension will rise’.

The video was reportedly taken on a road leading to Vyborg, around 24 miles from the Finnish border, showing the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles.

“Seven launchers are thought to be en route according to commentary on a dash cam video broadcast by Russian media.”

A person on the video can be heard saying: ‘As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining Nato, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them is moving towards Vyborg.

‘Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region.’

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