To seek approval for the allocation of
additional financial support for Homes for Ukraine (HFU) sponsors
to encourage and enable the continuation of sponsorship
arrangements beyond the minimum six-month period.
Decision Maker: Leader of the Council
Decision published: 23/09/2022
Effective from: 23/09/2022
In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:
1. Approve the allocation of additional funding:
a. of £360,000 to enable all existing and new HFU sponsors participating in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme who agree to continue sponsoring beyond the initial six-month period to receive an extra £100 per month (months 7 to 12).
b. of £225,000 towards the energy costs of
i. existing and new HFU sponsors participating in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme as described above, £125 per household per month during November and December 2022 and January 2023 only (maximum £375 per household).
ii. Ukrainian guest households who find private rented accommodation for a minimum 6-month assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without accessing financial support from District Councils. This would apply during the months of November and December 2022 and January 2023 only.
on the basis described more particularly in paragraph 12 of the report (Option 1).
2. Delegate authority to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Delivery, to consider and, if appropriate, approve additional support options (below the key decision threshold) for HFU sponsors through the HFU scheme funding (in line with current and future HFU Guidance).
For the reasons set out in the report.