British scheme to take in Ukrainians needs enhanced ‘matching’ element

Ukrainian refugees should be able to pick British homes from a public list, a Tory councillor who flew to Poland on a matching mission has urged the Government.

Toby Illingworth, chairman of Wealden Conservatives, has just returned from the Polish border and is due to fly out again as soon as this weekend to continue helping refugees get to the UK.

He told The Telegraph that there have been numerous problems with the Homes for Ukraine scheme which he had seen firsthand while on the ground in Przemysl, 14 miles from the border.

“Many refugees don’t even know about the Homes for Ukraine scheme or how to get a partner,” he said.

“So, those Facebook groups are a great idea but there are a limited number of Ukrainians that know about them and will get a partner.”

“The effective way to do this is to have people in Poland at every border post to help.

“In an ideal world the Government would allow charities at the border access to the databases.

“It would make an enormous difference,” he said.

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