Homes for Ukraine website to help house refugees in UK

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LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – A website for Britons interested in housing and sponsoring Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion will go live on Monday as the government steps up efforts to deflect anger over its response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sought to portray Britain as helping to lead the global response to the Russian invasion – which Moscow calls a ‘special operation’ – but his government has been criticized for delays in accepting refugees .

The new scheme called “Homes for Ukraine” will allow war refugees to come to Britain even if they have no family ties, the government announced on Sunday. Read more

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Britain will pay people 350 pounds ($460) a month if they can offer refugees an alternative room or property for a minimum of six months.

Under the scheme, members of the public, charities, businesses and community groups should be able to offer accommodation through the website by the end of next week, the government said.

Housing Minister Michael Gove will provide more details when he addresses Parliament later today.

Several large companies, including retailers Marks & Spencer (MKS.L), Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L) and Morrisons, and staffing firm Robert Walters (RWA.L), said they wanted to help meet the growth the fastest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

Stephen Edwards, chief marketing officer of Robert Walters, said entrepreneur Emma Sinclair had brought together businesses from all sectors ready to help.

“Robert Walters Group has offered assistance both in terms of hiring a number of displaced Ukrainians in our own business, but also as a recruitment company we are able to represent them as potential employees for our customers,” he said.

Supermarket group Morrisons said it would welcome Ukrainian refugees “with open arms”.

“We contacted the Ministry of the Interior (Ministry of the Interior) last week to offer all possible assistance in providing employment for Ukrainian refugees and we believe we could find good roles for several hundred men. and women.”

Food and clothing retailer M&S said it was committed to helping Ukrainian refugees find jobs and was in talks with the Home Office.

Sainsbury’s said it could offer jobs in its technology, retail and online grocery teams.

Tesco (TSCO.L), Britain’s biggest retailer, said it was supporting recent arrivals from Ukraine with hundreds of new job opportunities at its businesses in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Nick Macfie

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