Issue details

Support for Ukraine

To seek approval for the spend plan which details how funding from the Government for the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme will be spent.


The Government is providing funding at a rate of £10,500 per person to councils to enable them to provide support to families to rebuild their lives and fully integrate into communities. This funding is paid to the council as a section 31 grant as set out in the Local Government Act 2003 and is un-ring-fenced.


The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched on 14 March 2022 by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The scheme allows individuals to sponsor named people from Ukraine. The number of people who can access this scheme is uncapped and is dependent on the capacity of the sponsors who come forward. Guests will be able to live and work in the UK for up to 3 years and have access to benefits, healthcare, employment, and other support. 


The government is providing additional, separate funding to councils to provide education services for children from families if they have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/08/2022

Decision due: 27 October 2022 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet member health and adult wellbeing

Lead director: Corporate Director - Community Wellbeing

Department: Community Wellbeing

Contact: Hannah McSherry, Housing Strategy Officer Email: Tel: 01432 383061.


As part of the wider commissioning and spending plans for the Homes for Ukraine programme, this proposal has been developed through engagement with Council services including Talk Community, the Delegated Grants Team, Community Learning Team, Housing Solutions Team, Transport Team, School Admissions Team, EAL Team, Children's Safeguarding and through wider consultation with voluntary and community organisations. These include those groups already working with Ukrainians in Herefordshire.

The proposal has been reviewed and approved through internal governance processes and at a Cabinet Briefing held on the 28th July 2022.


Agenda items


  • Support for Ukraine