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Homelessness: Veterans

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of veterans who are homeless in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Linlithgow and East Falkirk Constituency.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government collects quarterly and annual statistics on how many people make homelessness applications to local authorities in England. This information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

Details on homelessness in Scotland can be found here:

https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/RefTables.

Current data tools do not allow for an estimate of the number of veterans who are homeless. However, in April 2018 the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government introduced a new, case-level data collection called H-CLIC (Homelessness Case Level Information Collection), from which the first tranche of data will be released in due course. This will give local authorities and Government more information regarding homelessness and those presenting as homeless, including if they are a previous member of the armed forces and have support needs.

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