Veterans: Housing

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the Government has made an assessment of statistics on veteran housing from the most recent census data.

Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The government is committed to making the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran.

In line with the Armed Forces Covenant, we changed the law in 2012 so that seriously injured, ill or disabled Service personnel, and former members of the Armed Forces, with urgent housing needs are always given high priority for social housing. In June 2020 we also published new statutory guidance for local authorities to improve access to social housing for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

Top level summaries of the veteran population and how it is broken down by age and gender are expected to be published by the Office for National Statistics towards the end of this year. Following the release of these summaries, the Office for National Statistics will work with the Office of Veterans Affairs to conduct analyses on veteran housing and make an assessment of the findings.

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