35 Ukrainian refugees have so far arrived in Eastbourne – but is that enough?

Is it taking too long?

Here is our MP Caroline Ansell: “Every fortnight I join local councillors and community groups to discuss ongoing support for Ukrainians as they arrive in ever increasing numbers to join our town. 

We now have 35 Ukrainian refugees that have arrived in Eastbourne under the Homes For Ukraine scheme, with this number expected to rise significantly in the coming weeks. As I have said before, our town has stepped up generously, whether that has been through fundraising, donating goods or sponsorship, each way is making a difference. Thank you. 

The County Council is the lead authority on the Homes for Ukraine scheme and is processing hundreds of DBS applications; and has engaged East Sussex Fire and Rescue to undertake home checks. The council has also placed 157 students in East Sussex schools. The Government is fully funding these places with additional resources to provide wrap around support as Ukrainian children adapt to life in the UK.

In terms of my own work, I continue to provide support for constituents who have got in touch with visa enquiries. Of the 62 Homes for Ukraine visas I have been chasing, 40 have been issued. I am pleased to report that all the Ukraine Families Scheme visas that I have worked on have likewise been issued.” 

A new scheme also went live for Ukrainians to extend their visa for those who were already here, and I will be monitoring their progress.

More details are below: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-to-stay-in-the-uk-under-the-ukraine-extension-scheme