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1st Jul, 2022

'Heart-warming' response to Homes for Ukraine scheme sees 37 Rugby households open their doors to refugees

A ‘HEART-warming’ response to the Homes for Ukraine scheme has seen 37 households in Rugby borough open their doors to refugees.

Rugby Borough Council (RBC) is carrying out home inspections for residents taking part in the scheme, allowing families to settle in Rugby after fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The council expects to visit the 37 homes this week to check they meet the minimum requirements – that they are warm, safe and not overcrowded.

Residents who have registered for the scheme and who are ready to open their homes have already been contacted to arrange the inspection.

The home inspection process is carried out independently of visa and immigration checks, which are carried out by the Home Office.

Michelle Dickson, RBC’s Chief Officer for Homes and Communities, said: “Rugby’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been heart-warming, with many residents prepared to open their homes.

“Our inspection process is light-touch and will make sure that homes meet the government’s minimum requirements. We have officers ready to inspect homes as soon as we receive the relevant details so that our residents can welcome Ukrainian refugees as soon as possible.

“We all wish for a swift end to Russia’s invasion, but in the meantime we are pleased to be able to give Ukrainian families a warm welcome to Rugby.”

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/Ukraine for more information on the Homes for Ukraine scheme, and other ways residents can help Ukraine.

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