William Eichler 11 April 2022

Sponsors of Ukrainian refugees to get council tax breaks

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Households who become sponsors through the Homes for Ukraine scheme will not lose their council tax discounts, minister for refugees Lord Harrington has confirmed.

Regulations due to be laid before Parliament today will protect sponsors’ council tax discounts for single persons. There will be a 50% discount for empty or second homes that are used to house Ukrainians on the scheme.

‘The generosity of the general public has been astounding and I want to thank them sincerely for their ongoing support and for opening up their homes to those who need it the most,’ said Lord Harrington.

‘These regulations will help ensure that sponsors are rightfully not financially penalised by opening their homes, and will provide clarity to local councils as they help us deliver this landmark scheme.’

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has also confirmed that sponsors will be protected from any changes to their home insurance costs, with their cover remaining the same for the first 12 months, even if their policy is due for renewal.

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