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  • Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukrainian Refugees  
    Last updated 5 months ago.

    Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukrainian Refugees

    With the Ukraine crisis worsening daily, Ashbury Parish Council are encouraging residents to take part in hosting/sponsoring refugees from Ukraine. Details of the scheme and how to register are listed below.

    Key points of new scheme:

    • Accommodation offered to refugees needs to be available for at least six months.
    • Applications to host refugees will be made online and both hosts and refugees will be vetted. Home Office to check whether people offering up accommodation are in a position to provide that support.
    • No cap on refugee numbers admitted through this scheme
    • Sponsored Ukrainian refugees will have three years leave to remain in the UK and will be able to work, claim benefits and access public services during this period
    • Hosts will be paid £350 a month as a ‘thank you’
    • Local authority will be given £10,000 per refugee although £10,500 is also mentioned
    • Additional payments to support school age children will be available.

    How this works

    This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.

    Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but we have a minimum expectation of 6 months.

    Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and were resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022.

    We will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors.

    People arriving under this scheme will be able to:
    • Live and work in the UK for up to three years
    • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition

    I’m interested how do I register?

    If you have a named person who you wish to sponsor you should get in contact with them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application with all their details and yours. The visa application will go live on Friday 18 March.

    If you don’t know anyone who you wish to sponsor you may wish to get in touch with charities, faith groups or local community organisations who are starting to make connections between individuals.

    https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

    Volunteers Needed

    Ashbury Parish Council are looking for volunteers, if you are interested in any of the three volunteer roles below, please contact the Clerk via email on clerk@ashbury.org.uk

  • Vale News; Government support to upgrade your boiler to improve energy efficiency, reduce bills and cut emissions  
    Last updated 2 months ago.

    Vale News; Government support to upgrade your boiler to improve energy efficiency, reduce bills and cut emissions

    Vale News – June 2022 (emailblaster.cloud)

    Support to upgrade your boiler

    The government has announced a new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme to help improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce energy bills and cut emissions in the long-term. The scheme is now open for people to apply for the following support when replacing their oil or gas boilers:

    • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
    • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
    • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

    Find out more about the scheme on the government’s website.

     

     

  • More help is on the way for people who are struggling to pay their food, energy and other related bills.  
    Last updated 2 weeks ago.

    More help is on the way for people who are struggling to pay their food, energy and other related bills.

    More help is on the way for people who are struggling to pay their food South Oxon and VWHDC

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