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Who has already pledged to take in Ukrainian refugees?

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As we’ve been reporting, a new UK visa scheme will see Ukrainian refugees housed by UK host families – with the UK government planning to offer hosts £350 a month as a thank you.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has just given details of the Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme. But some famous faces and public figures have already expressed interest, including:

  • Actor Benedict Cumberbatch – who wore a badge in solidarity with Ukraine at Sunday’s Bafta Film Awards ceremony in London – told the BBC people had to help in whatever way they could, whether that was through donations or housing refugees, which he said he was “looking to do and have done”
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said after discussing the “devastating situation” in Ukraine with his family, they intended to apply to offer their home to a Ukrainian refugee
  • Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was starting to have conversations with his wife about whether they could house a refugee. But he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that for him it would be “hard to offer the time” hosts might be expected to dedicate to helping families integrate in the UK
  • Asked if he would take in a Ukrainian refugee, Gove said: “I’m exploring what I can do… Without going into my personal circumstances, there are a couple of things I need to sort out – but yes.”

But Downing Street says Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be housing any Ukrainian refugees in No 10. Johnson’s official spokesman says there are “specific challenges around security on housing people in No 10” and that it is down to individual ministers whether they choose to offer accommodation to a refugee.

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