Veterans with PTSD could receive housing priority
Veterans with mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder would receive priority for social housing under new government proposals announced today.
The measures include all applicants for social housing being asked if they have served in the Armed Forces to ensure veterans get the help they are entitled to.
Council staff would also receive extra training to provide veterans with the housing support they need.
An eight-week consultation on the proposals from Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP begins today.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said:
“We welcome this consultation and are pleased with the government’s proposals for parity between those with physical health and mental health needs.
“The British Armed Forces play a critical role in securing the safety of our country and, for those who develop trauma-related mental health problems, we believe they deserve the best possible help. However, housing issues can act as a barrier to accessing treatment. In order to register with a GP and receive support, veterans need to have accommodation.
“Our own research shows veterans with mental health issues are at an increased risk of experiencing multiple deprivation.
“We hope the government follows through on these proposals to reduce that risk and improve veterans’ quality of life.”
You can read more about the proposals on the government’s website.