Homes for Ukraine sponsors will not lose council tax discounts

Homes for Ukraine sponsors will not lose council tax discounts

11:51 AM, 12th April 2022, About A year ago 4

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Households who become sponsors through the Homes for Ukraine scheme will not lose their council tax discounts thanks to legislation coming into force, Minister for Refugees Lord Harrington has confirmed , 11 April 2022.

Regulations will protect sponsors’ council tax discounts for single persons and limit the impact on council tax payments for those sponsoring a family in a second property.

As previously set out, a Ukrainian joining a sponsor’s home under the Homes for Ukraine scheme will be ‘disregarded’ when council tax discounts are calculated in England to ensure that sponsors are not financially worse off as a result of taking part in the scheme. As well as there being no impact on a sponsor’s discount for their main home, there will be a 50% discount for empty or second homes that are used to house Ukrainians on the scheme.

The government is working closely with the devolved administrations on how the scheme is rolled out across the UK.

The Association of British Insurers has also confirmed that sponsors will be protected from any changes to their home insurance costs, with their cover remaining the same for the first 12 months, even if their policy is due for renewal.

The government is providing £10,500 to councils for each person who comes under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, to cover the cost of helping them settle into communities and rebuild their lives. Guidance has also been published to support councils to offer the warmest welcome to Ukrainians.

Lord Harrington, Minister for Refugees said: “The generosity of the general public has been astounding and I want to thank them sincerely for their ongoing support and for opening up their homes to those who need it the most.

“These regulations will help ensure that sponsors are rightfully not financially penalised by opening their homes, and will provide clarity to local councils as they help us deliver this landmark scheme.”

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Mick Roberts

15:11 PM, 12th April 2022, About A year ago

There's gonna' be loads of cans of worms opening like this next few years. Wait till homeowners want their hone back to theirselves or 6 months is up or 3 years up etc.
Then the public & Media may say Wow & this is what Private Landlords have to put up with, no wonder they selling.

northern landlord

15:58 PM, 12th April 2022, About A year ago

Boy are the refugees in for a shock! According to the Government welcome document as soon as they arrive they can get to see an NHS dentist, register with a GP of their choice and get immediate appointments. They can also get the local Council to house them if things don't work out with their sponsor Ha Ha Ha!

Mick Roberts

16:30 PM, 12th April 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by northern landlord at 12/04/2022 - 15:58
Ha ha 4 years in a Homeless Hostel in Nottingham.

Reluctant Landlord

17:00 PM, 12th April 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by northern landlord at 12/04/2022 - 15:58
if you look at the detail....the local council will give them SUPPORT to look for further accommodation should they *wish* to move on ...nothing about actually housing them!

in other words they will give you a nice leaflet (maybe) that tells you to look for a LL in the PRS or contact Shelter for further advice...

Essentially they are coming from one war zone to a toxic political one....

God help anyone who houses a refugee who wants at any point to have the run of their home back for any will be joining the back of the court queue.... and its a long queue....

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