Fife Council condemns the attacks on Ukraine and stands ready to help its citizens. See the related news below for updates on the council's position.
Fife has always welcomed refugees from around the world and, working with partner agencies and supportive communities, we are ready to play our part again.
UK Government Homes for Ukraine
If you’re interested in offering a rented property or space in your own home, please visit the UK Government’s Home for Ukraine Scheme.
Before you agree to a hosting arrangement, you should carefully consider what this means for you and your family. This guide covers areas to think about and may be of use: NACCOM Hosting Good Practice Guide: Part 1 - Key Considerations For Prospective Hosts
Some useful information is also available through the Reset Hosting toolkit, however please be aware some content may be more tailored towards England: Homes for Ukraine Sponsor Toolkit
We’re working as quickly as possible to put services in place to support Homes for Ukraine and the Scottish Government Super Sponsorship scheme.
We received guidance on Monday 4th April outlining our requirements. We’re urgently working across services to develop processes.
Matched sponsors please be aware
- We're made aware of pending sponsor arrangements when the visa application is submitted
- We'll complete our Local Authority checks as quickly as possible. Our checks do not affect the visa application
- We're beginning to contact hosts however some processes continue to be developed – we thank you for your patience
- We have a page of information on our Enhanced Disclosure process, including identification requirements. We encourage you to visit this page so you’re aware of how the process will work and what you’ll be asked to provide
- Don't initiate or organise your own Enhanced Disclosure check, we will contact you
- If your guests have arrived, or you have a confirmed date of arrival and we haven’t spoken with you about this, please complete the 'Tell us about Homes for Ukraine Arrival' form below and we'll contact you as a priority. Do not complete the form in other circumstance
- We cannot respond to general enquiries about Homes for Ukraine at this time, we will prioritise our services where guests have arrived or are due to arrive soon
- We continue to develop processes for Property Checks and these will begin soon
- Host ‘thank you’ payments will only be issued once all checks have been completed, and we await further guidance regarding the payment process
- We're arranging and carrying out initial visits with guests to ensure they are settling in well and to provide other immediate assistance
- We continue to update information and advice sources – please refer the sections below
Scottish Government Super Sponsorship
The Scottish Government’s ‘Super-Sponsor’ route removes the need for advance host matching, allowing a Ukrainian family/individual to be cleared for travel through the visa system, without a named host being identified.
When applying for a visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, Ukrainians opt for the organisational sponsor route by selecting 'The Scottish Government' from a drop-down question.
Scottish households who have registered their interest in being a host will be contacted by the Scottish Government to discuss being part of the Super Sponsor route. This would allow host checks to be completed in advance, and if approved, an assisted matching process will be carried out.
Interested in Hosting/Sponsoring?
Scottish Government guidance outlines our role in the sponsorship process and is in addition to the main UK Government guidance on Homes for Ukraine.
Before agreeing to sponsor you must ensure:
- You can provide accommodation for a minimum of 6 months
- You agree to Enhanced Disclosure Scotland checks for yourself and all household members aged 16 and above
- You agree to a Local Authority home visit to assess the suitability of accommodation offered
- You have checked your mortgage lenders website, or if you are a tenant, you have sought an agreement with your landlord
- You have carefully considered what sponsoring means and the impact it may have on you and your own family, and you are aware of host expectations (see Scottish Government guidance for further information)
- You should contact your home insurance provider if your plans to sponsor progress
Ensure you have read and keep up to date with information as guidance is changing regularly.
Scottish Government advice and information
- Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities
- Council Tax discounts protected under the Ukraine sponsorship scheme
- Safeguarding Ukrainian arrivals - free enhanced disclosure checks
- Getting to Scotland: information for displaced people from Ukraine
- Homes for Ukraine: sponsor guidance
- Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions
- A Warm Welcome (Ukrainian) - A Warm Scottish Welcome from the First Minister and useful contacts
- A Warm Welcome (Russian) - A Warm Scottish Welcome from the First Minister and useful contacts
UK Government advice and information
National sources of advice
Government advice and policy decisions are changing regularly. Check these sources for the latest guidance:
- Advice for British Nationals who remain in Ukraine: Ukraine travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Welcome: A Guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (English version) – produced by UK Government, includes what to know in first few days, getting used to life in UK, finding a home, accessing essential services, healthcare, work, childcare and education services
- Welcome: A Guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (Ukrainian version)
- Welcome: A Guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK (Russian version)
Visit Support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK on Gov.UK for advice on:
- Family Migration Visa (for immediate family members of a British National)
- Ukrainian Family Scheme (for extended family members)
- Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine (for those without ties to the UK)
- Ukrainian’s who remain in the UK with leave due to expire
- Gov.UK - Ukraine: how you can help - includes staying safe on social media, cybersecurity, applying to be a sponsor
- the Scottish Refugee Council is putting together information for people in Scotland affected by the crisis, you can call them on 0808 196 7274. They are also organising online information sessions for Ukrainian arrivals or their families.
- for help finding missing family members, contact the British Red Cross family tracing service
- Ukraine Advice Project UK (advice-ukraine.co.uk) – free UK immigration and asylum advice for Ukrainians and their families from qualified lawyers
- Bernardo’s Ukrainian Support Helpline - support for those who have fled Ukraine.
- Just Right Scotland's Ukraine Advice Scotland project - providing free, confidential legal advice and information to Ukrainians and their families on legal routes for seeking safety in Scotland
- Free Movement are providing a summary of current immigration routes and concessions available to Ukrainians coming to the UK
- A guide to NHS Scotland Services for displaced persons from Ukraine (Ukrainian) - information about NHS Scotland Services for displaced persons from Ukraine
- A guide to NHS Scotland Services for displaced persons from Ukraine (Russian) -information about NHS Scotland Services for displaced persons from Ukraine
- A Guide to Scots Law (English version) - a plain English guide giving practical and sensible advice on Scotland’s laws, for those coming to live in the country for the first time
- A Guide to Scots Law (Ukrainian version)
- A Guide to Scots Law (Russian version)
- The Well – guidance and support on health, wellbeing, social activities, community support, mental health, bereavement and much more. Visit in person or drop-in online. See publications below for translated information The Well Leaflet (English), The Well Leaflet (Ukrainian), The Well Leaflet (Russian)
- Banking - there are a range of banking providers with different types of accounts available, you should choose the one that suits you the best. The following banks have provided information specific for Ukrainian's who have recently arrived. Ukrainian and Russian translations are available: Royal Bank of Scotland, and, Nat West
Donate to help the people of Ukraine
One of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it's needed, and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed.
Unsolicited donations of goods, although well-meant, can obstruct supply chains and delay more urgent life-saving assistance from getting through.
Organisations across the UK are gathering essential supplies, such as clothes, first aid and sanitary products. Many charities and community groups will have lists of items they need. Charities with experience in responding to disasters are best placed to reach victims on the ground.
- Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal- the UK Government will match public donations to this appeal pound for pound
Fife Voluntary Action is coordinating information about current community collections and local donation points. See www.fva.org for details.
Housing in Fife
Thousands of refugees will hopefully enter the UK. They will be housed across the country to spread the demand on our housing system. Fife will rehome a comparatively small number of refugees.
We use a points system to work out how urgent anyone's housing need is so that we can prioritise how council-owned homes are allocated. People with more urgent needs rise to the top of the list more quickly. People who are more flexible about where they live may get a tenancy more quickly if they accept a property that others have refused.