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Ukraine Support

Blaby District Council stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and condemns the recent Russian invasion

You can find out about the various organisations offering support and other information relating to the situation in the Ukraine.

For British Nationals and their dependants, a helpline has been set up by the Home Office. Call 0300 3032785 for the service, which is open from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5.30pm on weekends.

Leicestershire County Council's dedicated 'Support for Ukraine' web page linked below is a central source for all types of support including schools, work and skills and family support. 

Donations

Those wanting to make contributions to support the humanitarian response effort in Ukraine can do so by donating to international organisations linked below, including:

  • Red Cross
  • The UN Refugee Agency
  • Save the Children
  • UNICEF

Please make sure that you research any organisation or website that asks for money before submitting your payment details.

Support for Ukrainian citizens

Advice and guidance for people who are currently in Ukraine and are trying to leave, including the latest visa advice is available from The Work Rights Centre. More information is below.

British nationals and people settled in the UK can be reunited with family members via the Ukraine Family Scheme visa route. Arrivals will be granted leave for three years and they will be able to work and access public services. Ukrainians already in the United Kingdom can also apply to remain.

The British Red Cross have now translated a number of downloadable wellbeing resources into Ukranian and Russian for people to access. Find the link to the resources down below.

Work and Skills Leicestershire are hosting free 'ESOL courses' for Ukrainian refugees in Leicestershire. They improve English, IT and Math skills. Find out more through the link below. 

Housing/Refugees

On 01 March 2022, the Government announced that a package of humanitarian support will be introduced for people from Ukraine and that it would include a humanitarian visa route which will allow sponsors, such as communities, private sponsors and local authorities to bring people to the UK.

The Government have now shared that the 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme, allowing UK residents to register their interest in offering accommodation for a minimum of six months for those forced to flee their homes. More information is available in the link at the bottom of the page.

Blaby District Council is committed to supporting refugees from Ukraine and is preparing as much as possible for this scheme as more details are announced.

Refugees at Home, a charity connecting people with a spare room to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay, are also open to offers from the public to support the people of Ukraine. Find out more using the link below.

Dental treatment

Leicester and Rutland Local Dental Committee has set up a network of dental practices across the county who have agreed to provide any Ukrainian refugees settled in this area with access to emergency dental treatment should this be required.

Anyone requiring this service should contact the Committee by texting 0779 921 2930, with up to three practices provided in their area who would be willing to provide an urgent appointment for treatment such as the relief of pain, treatment for swellings, infection, or uncontrolled bleeding in the mouth.

Council Tax rebate

The government has introduced a £150 council tax rebate. This will mean that council tax costs will not rise for the majority of people, including those on the lowest incomes.

Households are eligible where, on 1 April 2022, they are liable for council tax on a property which is in council tax bands A-D and which they live in as their main home.

If you live in an eligible property and you pay your council tax by direct debit, your local council will make the payment directly to your bank account, starting from April 2022. You do not need to do anything in the meantime.

If you live in an eligible property and you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, your local council will contact you from April to arrange a method for paying the rebate. You do not need to do anything in the meantime. Find out more updates on our dedicated page, and view the energy bills factsheet on the GOV.uk website linked below. 

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