Emma Roddick MSP for the Highlands & Islands has suggested that hosts taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme have their monthly payments increased as a result of the cost-of-living crisis and soaring energy bills.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Roddick raised the suggestion with Neil Gray MSP, Minister with Special Responsibility for Ukrainian Refugees, who voiced his support for the opinion of Richard Harrington, former UK Government Minister for Refugees, that the new UK Chancellor reflects on an increase in payments.
Commenting, Roddick said:
“When the Homes for Ukraine scheme first opened, thousands of Scots, including many in the Highlands & Islands, came forward to become hosts to those in need. It is, therefore, really important that those who opened their homes to refugees from Ukraine are suitably supported through the cost-of-living crisis so that they are able to continue providing a suitable and comfortable environment for their guests.
“I am glad to hear that the Scottish Government supports the increase of monthly payments to those involved in the scheme and I hope that this is an action the UK Government seriously and thoughtfully considers.”