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Consultation on new guidance to improve access to social housing for service personnel 25/01/2019 Labelled as Consultation

The Government has issued a consultation paper seeking views on proposals for new statutory guidance for local authorities to improve access to social housing for members of the Armed Forces community, veterans and their families.


Since 2012, current and former service personnel have not had to be 'resident' in an area to get access to social housing for their families, as part of the commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. The protections introduced in 2012 ensure that members of the Armed Forces are not disadvantaged in accessing social housing because of the requirements of military life and seriously injured and disabled service personnel, and former members of the Armed Forces, with urgent housing needs receive high priority for social housing.


At the same time regulations were introduced to ensure that serving personnel and those who are recently discharged do not lose their qualification rights because of the necessity to move from base to base.


Under further proposals set out in this consultation paper, former service personnel suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental illnesses will receive priority for social housing. Those with PTSD and other mental illnesses could be treated in the same way as those with physical injuries, and receive priority.


People who divorce or separate from their partners in the Armed Forces would also be exempt them from rules requiring them to be a local resident before being given a property.


The Consultation "Improving access to social housing for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families" closes on 8 March 2019.

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