AFF is delighted that after years of pushing for much-needed change, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued a consultation paper which includes a strong recommendation to encourage local authorities to exempt divorced and separated spouses/civil partners of Service personnel from local connection requirements when moving out of MOD accommodation and applying for social housing.
Fairer for families
This is a great win for AFF, and for affected families who continue to tell us about the disadvantage they face when unable to prove a local connection due to the mobile nature of the Army life they’ve lived.
Other recommendations in the consultation include:
- Clear guidance on when local authorities are expected to use ‘medical and welfare’ preference requirements to ensure those suffering from mental ill health are given appropriate housing priority.
- A consolidation of all current guidance on access to social housing for the Armed Forces community into one document.
- Local authorities encouraged to include a question on their housing application form asking whether the applicant has links to the Armed Forces community, and to ensure staff are appropriately trained.
While we are pleased that this issue has finally been recognised, we will push for further amendments to the wording of the paper, which currently recommends guidance rather than these measures becoming a requirement.
Have your say
We strongly encourage families to read and make comment on the paper. Take a look here.
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POSTED ON 11 JAN 2019