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Rugby ready to welcome refugees from Ukraine

RUGBY Borough Council is carrying out home inspections for residents taking part in the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The inspections will allow families to settle in Rugby after fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The home inspections ensure that homes offered to refugees are warm, safe and are not overcrowded.

The council expects to visit 37 homes in the borough of Rugby this week to check that they meet the minimum requirements. Residents who have registered for the scheme and who are ready to open their homes have already been contacted to arrange the inspection.

The home inspection process is carried out independently of visa and immigration checks, which are carried out by the Home Office.

Michelle Dickson, Rugby Borough Council Chief Officer for Homes and Communities, said: “Rugby’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been heart-warming, with many residents prepared to open their homes.

“Our inspection process is light-touch and will make sure that homes meet the government’s minimum requirements. We have officers ready to inspect homes as soon as we receive the relevant details so that our residents can welcome Ukrainian refugees as soon as possible.

“We all wish for a swift end to Russia’s invasion, but in the meantime we are pleased to be able to give Ukrainian families a warm welcome to Rugby.”

There is more information on the Homes for Ukraine scheme, along with other ways residents can help Ukraine, at www.rugby.gov.uk/Ukraine.

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