Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities on the Scottish Government’s Super Sponsorship Scheme and Scotland’s responsibilities under the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.


Funding

The UK Government has made available a £10,500 per person tariff to councils to enable them to provide support to families to rebuild their lives and fully integrate into communities. The £10,500 for Ukrainian nationals is for the first year, future years are to be reviewed in due course. The Scottish Government has secured the agreement of the UK Government to make this tariff, and the other payments detailed below, available to Councils for those arriving in Scotland under both Homes for Ukraine and the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme.

The UK Government state this funding is to be un-ring-fenced, with a number of conditions attached, and will match the tariff offered under the first year of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

This funding package should support:

  • the provision of education: councils are required to provide school places for children of school age. This funding tariff is set out below
  • service referrals: where necessary, councils should provide advice and referrals to specialist public health services as appropriate e.g. mental health services, adult social care and children’s services. Further advice will be provided in due course
  • work and benefits: councils should support guests to access local Jobcentre Plus appointments for benefit assessments and job-seeking, including any additional benefits enabled by Social Security Scotland
  • homelessness assistance: there may be cases where the host / guest relationship breaks down and the guest is at risk of homelessness. This would trigger the Council’s standard homelessness duties which arise under sections 31 (persons found homeless) and section 32(2) (threatened with homelessness) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987. The Scottish Government is seeking clarification as to whether in such a scenario it would be possible to adjust the visa to name the Scottish Government as the host to enable guests to be re-homed through that route
  • community integration: council’s and their partners will play a key role in the integration of Ukrainian families into their local communities. Integration might include ESOL provision, access to translation services, community events, using community champions, interfaith groups and helping to sign post support

The UK Government is also providing additional funding to councils to provide education services for children from families arriving from Ukraine under this scheme. The UK Government has indicated funding will be allocated on a per pupil basis for the three phases of education at the following annual rates:

  • early years (ages 2 to 4) - £3,000
  • primary (ages 5 -11) - £6,580
  • secondary (ages 11-18) - £8,755

These tariffs include support for children with Additional Support Needs.

Local authorities are to use the tariff to meet all of their associated costs, both for providing council services and for administering payments. The UK Government will also, under exceptional circumstances, consider claims for costs above and beyond what could reasonably be regarded as normal expenditure and not available through other mainstream funding mechanisms. The UK Government has been clear this will be on an exceptional basis only.

The local authority where the welcome accommodation is located is asked to provide an interim payment (in line with other resettlement schemes) of £200 per guest for subsistence costs. The £200 payment is factored into the £10,500 tariff and does not need to be repaid by the guest. Local authorities will also have discretion within the tariff to top-up or further support guests with interim or additional payments. Working age guests will be able to apply to receive Universal Credit and will be able to apply for advance payments where eligible (these need to be paid back by the recipient). Pension age guests will be able to apply for State Pension Credit and Housing Benefit provided they meet eligibility criteria, and Scottish Housing Discretionary Housing Payments if meet eligibility criteria.

The £10,500 and the £350 thank you payments will go direct to local authorities, except where we have hosted the displaced person(s) in hotel accommodation for over 14 days, in which case the thank you payment should be paid directly to us from the UK Government.

In Scotland, councils will receive the £10,500 and the £350 thank you payments directly from DLUHC except in those instances where guests are placed in temporary accommodation of more than 14 days. In those cases, DLUHC will pay the Scottish Government the £350 directly through budget cover transfers.

Gov.uk have published more information on funding under the homes for Ukraine Scheme.

Scottish Government funding

In addition to UK Government funding the Scottish Government has provided £11.2 million of funding to Local Government to support its Scottish Super Sponsor scheme.

This funding has been made available to all local authorities to increase the capacity of their resettlement teams (or equivalent) for the support of Ukrainian displaced persons, support for refurbishment costs for properties used to house displaced persons and to cover costs of supporting them to settle into local communities not already addressed by alternative funding sources.

More information relating to costs which can be claimed as part of the Scottish Government funding can be found in the “Checks” section.

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

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