Homelessness: Veterans

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd October 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Atherton Sarah Atherton Conservative, Wrexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent statistics he has on the number of homeless people with a military background.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Our veterans have played a vital role in keeping our country safe and we owe them a duty to ensure they are provided with all the support they need to successfully adjust back into civilian life.

The annual Statutory Homeless Release for April 2019 to March 2020 showed that of the total number of households assessed as owed a homelessness duty, 0.7 per cent had a support need relating to having served in Her Majesty’s armed forces.

The Homelessness Reduction Act requires certain public authorities to refer members of the regular forces in England they consider to be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days to a local housing authority, with the individual’s consent. A person who is vulnerable as a result of having been a member of Her Majesty’s regular armed forces has a priority need for accommodation. Former members of the armed forces will include a person who was previously a member of the regular naval, military or air forces.

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