The Government has announced new measures to improve access to social housing within the military community.
Councils have been advised on how to offer priority to current personnel, veterans and their families.
Applications for members of the community suffering from mental health conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will be given extra consideration.
Councils will now be give social housing priority to those falling under the following categories:
- Former members of the Regular Armed Forces
- Serving members of the Regular or Reserve Armed Forces suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is wholly or partly attributable to their service
- Bereaved spouses or civil partners of those serving in the Regular Forces who have lost, or are due to lose, Ministry of Defence accommodation following the death, or where the death was wholly or partly attributable to military service
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer MP said: "This new guidance is the Armed Forces Covenant in action - government ensuring that the whole armed forces family can more easily access public services."
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