Around 95 East Devon households offer accommodation to Ukrainian refugees

Kind-hearted East Devon residents have come forward to offer enough potential accommodation for up to 300 Ukrainian refugees.

Around 95 households in the district have signed up to the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.

The numbers were revealed by East Devon District Council (EDDC) chair Ian Thomas at the authority’s annual meeting in May.

EDDC, which responsible for assessing the suitability of potential accommodation, has completed 56 property inspections and has a further 29 planned.

Some 22 East Devon families have applied for a Whitehall support payment of £350 a month to help pay for hosting costs.

The council will work with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to support the refugees.

It is also in talks with Devon County Council to formulate a policy for finding new hosts for refugees should a housing sponsorship arrangement break down.

Councillor Thomas said: “We recognise the need to do everything we can to prevent homelessness.”

Almost 13 million people are believed to have fled their homes in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began in April, according to the United Nations (UN).

More than six million have left for neighbouring countries and at least another 6.5 million people are thought to be displaced inside Ukraine itself.

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