Ukrainian flags being held up by anti-war protesters in Whitehall
Ukrainian flags being held up by anti-war protesters in Whitehall.
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MOD 'looking into' whether Armed Forces families can house Ukrainian refugees

Service Family Accommodation is being assessed for compatibility with the 'Homes for Ukraine' programme.

Ukrainian flags being held up by anti-war protesters in Whitehall
Ukrainian flags being held up by anti-war protesters in Whitehall.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is reviewing the feasibility of Armed Forces families contributing to the national effort to help house those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Earlier this week, the Government announced Homes for Ukraine, a scheme designed to help Ukrainian refugees coming to the UK.

Under the scheme, households will be paid £350 per month for taking in Ukrainians and providing them with a safe place to stay. 

The Government's dedicated website for the scheme says "the UK is one of the most generous nations in the world and the British public are now being asked to go one step further and open their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine".

It continues: "We have a long history of helping others in their hour of need and the Homes for Ukraine scheme offers a lifeline to those forced to flee their homes."

Within a day of the announcement, more than 100,000 people and organisations had signed up to express their interest via the website.

However, Government information published online about who could apply to participate in the scheme did not contain details concerning those in the Armed Forces or people living in Service Family Accommodation.

That means those in the forces community who have already signed up to potentially become hosts for refugee families may not know if they are permitted to do so in their military-provided homes.

Now, in response to Forces News' request for an answer on whether military families will be able to offer their spare rooms to Ukrainians in need, the MOD says it's looking into the feasibility of allowing accommodation such as married quarters to be used.

An MOD spokesperson said: "We appreciate that service personnel may wish to support Ukraine refugees at this time through the 'Homes for Ukraine' programme, but due to the unique nature of service accommodation, we are currently assessing its compatibility with the programme."

The Homes for Ukraine scheme requires those offering a home to refugees to make their space available for at least six months. 

The Government said it will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors signed up for the scheme.