- You can receive a one-off payment of £50 per every family member including children from the Red Cross. You need to apply within 2 weeks from arriving in the UK by phone: 0808 196 3651 from 10 am to 6 pm.
- If you entered the UK via Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, you are eligible for a one-off payment of £200 from the local council. Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-guidance-for-councils.
To speed up the process your sponsor needs to inform the council about your arrival. Please note that some councils are better organised than others. In some areas of the UK you may receive a card with £200 on it the next day after you arrive, while in others this may take a week or two. The one-off payment is not necessarily cash. It can be provided in form of supermarket vouchers, or a code for receiving cash at the post office or a bank card.
Some councils may offer free local bus rides. Do feel free to apply to local council and ask them about all benefits you are eligible for.
More information in the document here: https://bit.ly/ua-uk-faq.