THE number of Ukrainian refugees in Brighton and Hove has been revealed.

Brighton and Hove City Council says 143 people who have fled Ukraine since the start of the war have arrived or are due to arrive here soon.

As of yesterday, 214 residents in the city had signed up to host a Ukrainian refugee under the Homes For Ukraine sponsorship scheme.

“We’re anticipating 442 Ukrainian guests will be coming to the city,” a council spokeswoman said.

The Homes For Ukraine scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to record their interest in supporting those fleeing the war with Russia by offering them a place to live.

Nearly 100,000 signed up in the first day across the UK, with each household housing a refugee to be offered £350 a month, tax-free.

Hosts will not be expected to provide food and living expenses but can choose to offer this.

People who wish to offer a rent-free space in their home or a separate residence, for at least six months, can register their interest online.

Councils have been given the responsibility to ensure hosts have DBS checks, to visit the hosts’ homes for property and welfare checks, confirm they have no serious safeguarding concerns, pay a £200 subsistence payment to each guest and pay the monthly optional £350 payment to hosts.

“We will also have the role of supporting refugees to access education and benefits and encourage community integration,” a council spokeswoman added.

The council has also arranged for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to carry out the in-person visits for property and welfare checks.

Leader of the council Phélim Mac Cafferty said: “Thank you to everyone who’s volunteered to host guests fleeing Ukraine for their generous support.

“I know many more residents are being supportive in whatever way they can. It’s been a touching response to a dreadful situation.

“I also want to restate the city’s warm welcome to our Ukrainian guests. We are proud of our long history of solidarity and welcome for refugees.

“We’ve been working with our partners and the city’s excellent community and voluntary sector organisations to we do all we can to help people fleeing violence and conflict.

“It’s needed a rapid response and we’re working hard to make sure support is in place to safeguard guests and hosts.”