Over the Border: Julie Marson MP welcomes new funding for Ukrainians in East Hertfordshire
Politics / Thu 15th Jun 2023 at 01:45pm
JULIE Marson, MP for Hertford and Stortford, welcomes new government funding for Ukrainians in East Hertfordshire.
East Herts will receive £217,029 to ensure Ukrainians can be supported to move into their own homes and reduce the wider risk of homelessness in the area.
This is part of the Government’s £650 million support package for over 120,000 Ukrainians who have sought sanctuary in the UK.
The latest sum for East Herts was allocated according to the Homes for Ukraine scheme arrival numbers and wider homelessness pressures in the area.
As a top-up to the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, this grant is ring fenced to ensure local authorities are resourced to prevent homelessness.
Funding will be prioritised to support Ukrainians into sustainable accommodation through access to the private rental sector, supporting employment opportunities and facilitating ongoing sponsorship into guests’ second year.
The Government recognises local authorities like East Herts are best placed to understand the support communities need meaning this funding can also be used to help other people at risk of homelessness in line with local pressures.
Commenting on the news, Ms Marson said:
“Having met and helped many Ukrainians settle in Hertford and Stortford, I know what a difference this latest round of funding will make.
“Alongside the recent announcement to extend the length of time Ukrainians can use their driving licence in the UK to 36 months, these new measures will undoubtedly help them thrive in our community. I look forward to supporting this every step of the way.”
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