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Government's £150 rebate scheme

Eligible households across Allerdale will begin to receive their £150 energy cost council tax rebate from today (Thursday 12 May). 
 
More than 40,000 households will receive a one-off payment, with the first batch of payments for those in council tax bands A to D who pay for their council tax via direct debit.
 
There are some households whose Direct Debit details have not been verified and these will follow on as soon as possible. Households who don’t pay by direct debit will receive letters containing information on how they can collect the rebate from their local post office in the coming weeks. 

Find out more about the rebate scheme.

How to help Ukraine

We understand that there will be many people across Allerdale that will want to help and show support for the people of Ukraine. There are multiple organisations who are helping in the humanitarian appeal and who would welcome any support that you are able to provide. 

Give to the British Red Cross Ukraine crisis appeal


The British Red Cross has set up an appeal to support people in Ukraine during the crisis. Your donations could help someone affected get food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes and shelter. 

Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee


Donations to the DEC helps fund 15 leading aid charities and their local partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to provide urgent relief and support to guests and displaced nationals. So far, a huge £202 million has been raised, which will help provide food, water, shelter, and medical assistance. 

By donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, you’ll help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to guests and displaced families. 

Support UNICEF’s work in Ukraine


As conflict continues to escalate in in Ukraine, millions of children and their families are in danger. More than half of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children have now been displaced. With explosions in major cities across the country and thousands of families being forced to flee their homes, UNICEF is working round the clock to keep families safe. 

Government advice


Visit the gov.uk webpages to support family members of British national in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK. 

UK Government’s ‘Home for Ukraine’ scheme


The UK Government has launched the ‘Home for Ukraine’ scheme which allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses across the UK to offer a room or home rent-free to Ukrainians fleeing the war in their home country. The guests do not need to have any ties to the UK to be eligible for accommodation. 

To be considered eligible for this scheme, one must be a Ukrainian national, or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, resident in Ukraine prior to January 2022.

People arriving under the scheme will be able to:
  • Live and work in the UK for up to three years
  • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition
Full details of the scheme can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Ukrainian guests in Cumbria


Following the Government’s announcement on 14 March asking individuals, charities, community groups and businesses across the country to step forward and offer their support to those people displaced in Ukraine, Cumbria County Council have put together a webpage containing information surrounding what you can to do help.

Now agencies in Cumbria are preparing to support the new arrivals, with co-ordination being managed through the county’s existing Multi-Agency Refugee Resettlement Group which is chaired by Cumbria County Council and includes District Councils, NHS organisations, Cumbria Police and local Third Sector representatives. The countywide group is supported by Local Area Action Groups in each of the county’s six districts.

The county council will have several key roles:
  • Carrying out Document and Barring Service (DBS) checks on local sponsors.
  • Conducting a housing suitability check on premises offered to Ukrainians.
  • Carrying out safeguarding checks on sponsors against local databases to establish if there are any known concerns about the household.
  • Carrying out home fire safety checks.
  • Providing ongoing resettlement support to people arriving and settling here.
  • Supporting sponsoring households with advice and guidance.
  • Working with the local voluntary and charitable sector to provide practical and finan-cial support.
The council has no role in registering sponsors, or matching sponsors with guests. The coun-cil has no responsibility for making any checks on guests arriving in the county.