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09/01/2019

Former service personnel with PTSD to be prioritised for housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has published proposals that would see former service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health illnesses being prioritised for social housing.

This means that veterans with mental health illnesses would be treated the same as those with physical injuries.

The measures, now out for consultation, would also see 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. 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.

An overhaul of the system, the government explained, would mean all applicants for social housing will be asked if they have served in the forces at the beginning of the process so veterans get the help they are entitled to. Council staff will get extra training too, so they can provide the housing support needed to former service personnel.

Brokenshire said: “We have a duty to ensure our heroic military personnel get the support they need when applying for a social home.

“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."

The eight-week consultation closes on 8 March, 2019. It can be found here on the UK Government website.

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