Housing for veterans in Croydon
25/01/2017 17:17:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
After learning that 24 London boroughs fail to make specific reference to providing housing for veterans, I asked Cllr Alison Butler (Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning) whether this could possibly be true.
From Councillor Mario Creatura to Councillor Alison Butler
The London Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee recently commissioned a report from the Kent Law School that revealed 24 London Boroughs fail to make specific reference to housing priority given to veterans. Croydon is sadly one of them.
The Armed Forces Covenant was signed by Croydon Council in 2011 and law provides a particular duty of care on authorities to veterans and their families.
What is the Council's policy towards housing and veterans? If priority is not currently offered, will the Cabinet member pledge to rectify this and make specific reference to providing priority support to veterans struggling to find housing?
Thank you for your question and concern over this issue. I am pleased to advise you that this article is incorrect and Croydon does give priority on the waiting list to former members of the armed services.
Former members of the British Armed receive are accorded priority within the Council’s housing allocation scheme. This is reflected in two ways;
1. Generally, an applicant has to have lived in Croydon for at least three years before s/he can go on the housing register. A member or former member of the British Armed Forces or Reserved Forces who is applying for housing is exempt from this qualification requirement.
The following related groups are also exempt;
- The bereaved spouse or civil partner of a member of the Armed Forces leaving Services Family.
- A serving or former member of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service
2. The housing allocation scheme has three bands. Band one contains applications with the highest priority and greatest urgency, and band three contains applications with the moderate housing needs and lower urgency.
The following are accorded Band 1 priority.
- Former members of the Armed Forces or Reserve Forces.
- Serving members of the Armed Forces who need to move due to a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of service.
- The bereaved spouse or civil partner of a member of the Armed Forces leaving Services Family Accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner.
- Serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service.