Residents thanked for generosity as number of Homes for Ukraine arrivals passes 1,400

News / Mon 8th Aug 2022 at 11:56am

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Leader, has thanked residents of Essex for their outstanding generosity which has seen more than 1,400 Ukrainians welcomed to the county under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. 

As of Thursday (28 July) 1,408 people had arrived into Essex from Ukraine under the Government scheme.

There are a total of 1,081 sponsors in Essex, matched with 2,471 Ukrainians. Of these 1,408, or about 57%, have arrived in Essex. These numbers continue to increase.

Generous Essex residents have helped the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) reach an important milestone, with it being announced on Thursday more than 100,000 people from Ukraine have been welcomed into homes across the UK.

Cllr Bentley said: “Since the start of this dreadful war, residents of Essex have gone above and beyond to provide support for our Ukrainian friends, first in contributing to the humanitarian aid efforts and more recently by opening up their own homes to welcome people from Ukraine with open arms.

“The Government has announced 100,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the UK under the Ukraine Family and Homes for Ukraine schemes. Essex has played a huge part in this, and I want to thank the people of our county for their astounding generosity. They have responded to what is a humanitarian crisis on a scale that many of us have not seen before in our lives with our county’s trademark hospitality and kindness.

“Getting these schemes up and running in a relatively short timeframe has been an enormous task and I must also praise our partners across the public and voluntary sectors for their efforts, as well as all the staff involved.

“Of course, we know there is more work to do, and we will continue working hard to ensure Ukrainians who arrive into Essex have all the support they need, both as soon as they arrive and for as long as they are in this county.”

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