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Ex-servicemen: Homelessness

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former service personnel have become homeless in (a) Leeds and (b) the UK in each of the last five years. (247885)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not collect this information. Independent research was commissioned from the University of York by MOD and its colleagues in the Ex-Service Action Group on Homelessness (ESAG). The research found that the percentage of veterans among London’s homeless population was 6 per cent. in 2007 compared with 22 per cent. in separate research in 1997. We are exploring opportunities for further research to find out the extent of veterans homelessness in the rest of the country.