Veterans: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of former military personnel who have experienced difficulties in finding accommodation after their discharge from the armed forces in each of the last three years.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Housing for veterans is the responsibility of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and the number of former military personnel who have experienced difficulties in finding accommodation after discharge is not known.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is developing a new tri-Service policy to provide more comprehensive support to Service personnel and their families as they transition out of the Armed Forces, and this will include advice and support on housing matters.

As set out in the Annual Population Survey: UK Armed Forces Veterans Residing in Great Britain 2017 report, published on 31 January 2019, MHCLG has introduced a package of measures to ensure the Armed Forces community have the same access to social housing and are not disadvantaged by the requirement for mobility whilst in Service. In 2016/17 a greater proportion of the UK Armed Forces veterans were estimated to spend less than six months waiting for social housing compared to the non-veteran population.

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