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'Significant risk' of Ukraine homeless crisis amid cost of living woes

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Terrified Ukrainian people fleeing the Russian invasion could be made homeless as the cost of living crisis impacts host families in the UK.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has revealed the number of Ukrainian households which have become homeless - or at risk of becoming so after arriving in England - has doubled in less than two months.

Rising energy bills means some households in the UK are considering ending their sponsorship arrangement after the Homes for Ukraine six-month period comes to an end, experts have warned.

Natalia Scott, 44, is a Ukrainian living in Sprowston with her Scottish husband, Gordon.

She hopes the government increases the £350 offered to hosts to around £500 to make the decision more manageable for sponsors.

Natalia Scott is calling on Norwich not to forget the ongoing suffering taking place in her home country of Ukraine - Credit: Ben Hardy

Government ‘thank you’ payments for hosts are available for up to 12 months.

Mrs Scott said: "We all have this concern that after the six month period the Ukrainians will face uncertainty and fear of what to do.

"Even those........

© Norwich Evening News

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