Payments under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme

£200 initial payment for guests

Every guest will be entitled to a £200 interim payment to help with subsistence costs which will be provided by Central Bedfordshire Council. This £200 is not counted as part of any other benefit scheme which you may be able to claim and will not need to be re-paid.

Please note, this £200 is only available to guests who have arrived under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, it is not available for guests who have arrived under the Family and Friends Scheme. The payment can only be issued to the guest's email address and not to the sponsor. Vouchers for children will be issued to the adult guest.

Contact Central Bedfordshire Council’s Ukraine Support team on 0300 300 8855 or by email at homesforukraine@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk to arrange for this payment.

£350 thank you payment to sponsors

As a way of thanking sponsors for their generosity, they will be offered an optional payment from the UK government of £350 per month. This is to help with any additional costs. Sponsors are not expected to cover the costs of food and living expenses for their guests.

Please note, this thank you payment is only available to sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, it is not available for hosts/sponsors under the Family and Friends Scheme.

Thank you payments can only start, once the council has visited the property, accommodation and DBS checks have been completed, guests have arrived and the council has checked there are no serious safeguarding or welfare concerns. The payment will be paid in arrears (this means they will start one month after guests arrive, providing all the checks have been completed) and payments will only continue while guests remain living in the property, under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The payment will be provided by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Request your thank you payment

If you have any queries about the process then please contact Central Bedfordshire Council’s Ukraine Support team on 0300 300 8855 or by email at homesforukraine@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

£350 payments for hosts of unaccompanied children

Children and minors under the age of 18, who have already applied to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, will now be allowed to come to the UK without a parent or guardian. The sponsor should be someone who is personally known to the parents, and extensive checks will be carried out ahead of any placement being approved. Sponsors will be required to have authorisation from the parents or guardians of anyone under 18 naming the sponsor in the role for each unaccompanied minor.

Sponsors will be asked to commit to hosting for up to 3 years, or until the guest turns 18. The sponsorship should last for at least six months. Sponsors can claim a £350 monthly thank you payment for the full three-year period they host the child or until the child turns 18.

If an individual turns 18 and has not been in the country for 12 months, the sponsor will be eligible for the payment for up to 12 months. Where the individual turns 18 but has already been resident for more than 12 months, thank you payments to sponsors will stop.

Council Tax

The thank you payment will not affect the sponsor’s Council Tax status. If a sponsor claims a Council Tax discount such as a single-person household discount, this will be protected.

As well as there being no impact on a sponsor’s discount for their main home, the Government Scheme also provides a 50% discount for empty or second homes that are used to house Ukrainians on the scheme, however Central Bedfordshire Council will grant a discretionary award so that any sponsors using their empty or second home or Ukrainians will not be charged any Council Tax if it is used for Ukrainians under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

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