Armed Forces: Accommodation

House of Lords written question – answered on 16 February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that service personnel leaving the Armed Forces are treated as a priority for housing by local authorities.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

DCLG circular 4/2009 recommends to local authorities that members of the Armed Forces who have been seriously injured in service should receive additional preference (that is to say, high priority) for suitable social housing.

Under the homelessness legislation, local authorities have a duty to secure suitable accommodation for households who are eligible for assistance, homeless through no fault of their own and fall within a priority need group. The priority need groups include, among others, people who are vulnerable as a result of having spent time in the Armed Forces.

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