Housing: Armed Forces

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing experts from his Department have visited military bases in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and which bases they have visited.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

holding answer 28 June 2012

In June 2011, I announced that members of our armed forces would have top priority for FirstBuy and all Government funded affordable home ownership schemes.

I also announced that I would be sending special housing agents into military bases to help members of the armed forces get a foot on the housing ladder.

We do not hold a central record of visits. However, I can confirm that since my announcement HomeBuy Agents have visited armed forces bases in the UK and abroad. This includes bases in Catterick, Telford, Colchester, Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Cornwall, Germany and Cyprus.

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