Recently, I welcomed the Government’s announcement of the Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme. This is a key part of what standing with Ukraine is all about.
I have been pressing Government ministers to support people who have spare room to provide sanctuary to Ukrainians who have been fleeing the Russian invasion of their country. Last week, I opened a register for local residents who have space and wish to help offer sanctuary to Ukrainian refugees.
Last Wednesday, I met with Michael Gove, the Cabinet Minister leading the Government’s planning for refugees, along with fellow Kent MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Damian Green, to set out support that had been offered to help refugees across East Kent.
Recently Mr Gove announced that the Government will now be taking forward such a plan with people providing room to be paid a thank you for £350 a month.
200,000 refugees is a lot of people. To deliver this number, we need people who have spare room and can help to do so. That’s why I pressed ministers to adopt the community refugee proposal and opened a registration portal straight away. A number of people have come forward already and I am sure more will too.
It’s vital we are there to provide sanctuary for refugees who are fleeing conflict. We did it in World War II, we did it with Syria, and Afghanistan, and it’s right we are helping Ukrainians too. This is what the refugee and asylum system is for.