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21 March, 2022 Open access

Eligibility for housing and homelessness assistance in England for people who leave Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion

New statutory instruments

New regulations have been issued in relation to eligibility for housing and homelessness assistance in England for people who have left Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion.

In force from 22 March 2022, the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) and Persons subject to Immigration Control (Housing Authority Accommodation and Homelessness) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SI.No.339/2022) make amendments to the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) Regulations 2006 (SI.No.1294/2006) so that local authorities in England can treat as eligible for housing and homelessness assistance people who -

Update (29 March 2022) - in a written statement today, Home Office Minister Kevin Foster confirmed that the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme are being formally brought into the Immigration Rules.

In addition, for those who meet the residence and immigration conditions outlined above, the regulations -

The explanatory memorandum also confirms that a separate instrument, the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (SR.No.128/2022), makes provision in respect of Northern Ireland for the cohorts of persons not subject to immigration control to make them exempt from the habitual residence test. In addition, it confirms that, in relation to Wales, powers have been formally devolved to the Senedd and they will be legislating separately.

SI.No.339/2022 and SR.No.128/2022 are available from legislation.gov.uk