The UK Defense Ministry is “doing nothing” to fill more than 1,300 vacant properties near its bases, local lawmakers claimed
FILE PHOTO: Refugees from Ukraine are seen at the Polish/Ukrainian border crossing in Medyka, Poland, April 7, 2022 © AP / Wojtek Radwanski
Conservative politicians in Britain have accused the Ministry of Defense of “doing nothing” to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, even though 1,350 military homes sit empty across the county of Wiltshire alone. Hundreds of Ukrainian families currently living with British hosts may soon be left homeless.
The British government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme saw more than 156,000 Ukrainian refugees arrive in the UK since March, according to its data. However, with many of their British sponsors agreeing to host the new arrivals only for a period of six months and declining to extend, activists warned in August that as many as 50,000 could be left homeless by next year.
“I’m on the edge of a housing crisis now,” Councillor Richard Clewer, Conservative leader of Wiltshire Council, told the Daily Mail on Saturday. “I have 360 Ukrainian families that are likely to need to leave host families because they have agreed to a six-month deal.”