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Homelessness: Ex-servicemen

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless households have been accepted as being in priority need under the category of “A person who is vulnerable as a result of having been a member of Her Majesty's regular naval, military or air forces” in each year since its introduction in the Homelessness (Priority Need for Accommodation) (England) Order 2002. (181106)

Information about local authorities' action under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level and includes the number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty. The duty owed to an accepted household is to secure suitable accommodation.

The yearly total number of households accepted as being eligible, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, as well as those having a priority need that is primarily due to their being vulnerable as a result of having served in HM forces, is shown in the following table.


Total acceptances

Of which: primary priority need ex-HM forces













It is important to note that some former HM forces personnel accepted as homeless may be included in other primary priority need categories (e.g. when the household includes dependent children), and so will not feature in the figures above. Tables showing acceptances broken down by the main priority need categories are published quarterly in the Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, and are placed in the House Library.