THE Government wants to see former armed forces personnel given priority for social housing.
“We have a duty to ensure our heroic military personnel get the support they need when applying for a social home,” said communities secretary, James Brokenshire MP.
“We want to see that applying for social property should not be a challenge in the transition from military service to civilian life. These new measures are part of our continuing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.”
In the measures put forward for consultation by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) yesterday, former service personnel with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental illnesses could be treated in the same way as those with physical injuries and get priority.
The measures will also help people who divorce or separate from their partners in the armed forces by exempting them from rules requiring them to be a local resident before being given a property.
“While the majority of military personnel transition successfully into civilian life, an overhaul of the system will also mean all applicants for social housing will be asked if they have served in the forces at the outset of the process to ensure veterans get the help they are entitled to,” the ministry said.
Under the proposals, council staff would get extra training so they can give current and former armed forces personnel the “housing support they need”.
Since 2012, current and former service personnel have not had to be ‘resident’ in an area to get access to a social home for their families, as part of the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant.
The consultation period opened yesterday and runs for eight weeks.