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Wishart welcomes Perth & Kinross Homes For Ukraine Scheme figures

Published date : 02 March, 2023

News Release from Pete Wishart MP

Attn: News Desk                                                     For immediate release 02 March 2023

Wishart welcomes Perth & Kinross Homes For Ukraine Scheme figures



Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, has welcomed figures from the British Red Cross on Ukrainians who have settled in Perth and Kinross through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme and Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme during a parliamentary debate. His comments come after figures from the British Red Cross showed that Perth and Kinross ranks has the highest number per capita of Ukrainians settled through the schemes out of all local authorities in Scotland, and third highest by number.


Commenting, Mr Wishart said:


“Almost one year on from the launch of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, I am delighted that Perth and Kinross has welcomed the most Ukrainian guests per capita in all of Scotland. We also have the least in temporary accommodation as a result of the council successfully building positive relationships with the private letting sector and setting up an in-house agency.


“My office has been working flat out since the war began to assist constituents who have sponsored displaced Ukrainians with getting them over to the UK. These figures are a testament to both the generosity of the people of Perth and Kinross and to the tremendous work that the council has been doing.


“Perth and Kinross Council has set an outstanding example of what is possible when the right strategy is adopted, which other local authorities will be now be looking to replicate.”





Case Study – Perth and Kinross - Local authorities supporting Ukrainians to secure accommodation options

  • As of 17 January 2023, 314 people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine had arrived in Perth and Kinross through Homes for Ukraine and the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme. This is the third highest of local authorities in Scotland by number and the highest number per capita at 207 per 100k population.
  • The council has actively engaged with the private rented sector for over 10 years and has an in-house letting agency which runs a chargeable service. As a result, the agency is well connected to council services such as welfare rights, environment services, and council tax. The council chose to run this service separately from social housing as it found this did not work well in practice.  
  • The council was able to expand this service to accommodate Ukrainians and did not need to build new relationships with local landlords. Instead, they produced a package for landlords to incentivise them to rent to Ukrainians.  
  • Relying on this existing system surely contributed to Perth and Kinross having the lowest number of households in temporary accommodation per 100,000 population as of March 2022.
  • The council also took a proactive approach in supporting guests and hosts under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, by having regular conversations with guests and hosts about long-term accommodation options, believing that making both parties aware of alternative options can prevent relationship breakdown between hosts and guests. The council has been able to take this approach due to a well-developed housing first model.



  • For more information, please contact Mr Wishart’s office on 01738 639 598 or contact me at [email protected]




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