16:41 PM, 8th August 2022, About 2 years ago 6
Hello everyone, Isn’t the language barrier the biggest issue at the end of the day?
I’ve taken a single Ukrainian lady on in a one bed flat who was fleeing from the war (via reference from Council and charity sponsor). Very good English, educated, eager to settle and start work, so not too difficult. There were a few issues getting her set up with utilities etc but now all is well, and she is thriving.
The charity has now come back to me with a family (wife, husband one child and a mother in law) who need to be housed together. I believe they are from Afghanistan. Only the husband speaks a tiny amount of English, no one else does.
How on earth are they supposed to sign an AST? What about support?
There is no way I have the time to get them set up with UC and they won’t have a clue about council tax, how the meters works, how to set up utility accounts.
I’d like to help, but fear shooting myself in the foot.
Is this worth exploring, or is it better to leave it to the government and the mess they created?