Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is pleased that Essex County Council is finally delivering on its obligation to distribute financial support to families hosting Ukrainian refugees, and that payments are finally being made, but is urging that the authority accelerate its programme after it has been found that host families haven’t been paid what they should.
Cllr Gadd continued “We found out in early June that ECC had still not put in place the necessary systems to pay many host families, some who have been hosting since March. As soon as residents raised the problem with us, we chased and urged ECC to fix it. It is unacceptable for any delay in payments to families who are doing the right thing, but we are relieved that finally the payments are starting to be released. We will keep monitoring the programme to make sure this continues. I urge any host family in Uttlesford that is still not being paid by ECC to contact me, irrespective of whether they are in the county council area I represent or not. They can contact me via the ECC website.”