Council leaders asked to approve further help for Ukrainians

Friday 9 December, 2022

Angus Council is being asked to agree to participating in a Scottish Government pilot to provide short-term modular accommodation for people from Ukraine, displaced due to the ongoing conflict in their home country.

A report on the proposal will go to the meeting of Angus Council on the 15 December for consideration.

The proposal could see Angus selected by Ministers as one of a small number of pilot areas in Scotland to develop Welcome Hub accommodation for up to 100 new arrivals from Ukraine who have been displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict. 

The recommended site of the former St Thomas School in Arbroath could see up to 75 purpose built modular units hosted for a period of up to 12 months. 

Angus Council Deputy Chief Executive Mark Armstrong said, “Across Angus households and whole communities have welcomed and supported displaced people from Ukraine for many months.

“This proposal being put before Council, will add to our welcome and provide much needed additional accommodation for people who have had to flee their country due to the war.”

As this is in the very early stages of agreement, full details on the proposal are yet to be confirmed. Throughout discussions, communication and consultation will be undertaken with the local community.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Angus Council has led a multi-agency coordination of humanitarian support and assistance to displaced Ukrainians and their host families across Angus.

There are currently over 200 Ukrainian displaced citizens living in Angus.