Veterans: Homelessness

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 11 November 2022.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Independent, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the number of homeless ex-service personnel in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.

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

Data on households who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, for England show levels of veteran homelessness are low but there is no room for complacency and Government is committed to doing more. Annual Statutory Homelessness Data 2021-22, published in September 2022, shows that 1,850 households in England owed a homelessness duty had a member of the household with a support need due to service in the Armed Forces. This represents less than 1% of all households owed a homelessness duty.

Data for all local housing authorities within Staffordshire can be found within the annual data publication available here (Table A3). This shows 13 households across 5 local authorities included a member with a support need to service in the Armed Forces with 4 local authorities with zero households.

The Government is committed to reducing veteran homelessness. In September 2022, we published our 'Ending Rough Sleeping for Good' strategy. This ensures local areas can provide tailored support, including for veterans, where required.

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