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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service families have been granted housing under shared equity schemes since the publication of Command Paper 7424. (291511)

This information is not held in the format requested.

The Key Worker Living programme in England is run on behalf of the Government by 23 regional “Homebuy Agents”. There is no requirement to advise the MOD of how many successful applications are from service families.

In Wales, the devolved Administration do not record those in shared equity schemes who are members of service families.

Since August 2008 Scotland began collecting information of this type and to date there are 10 households where the shared equity buyer has declared themselves as being a member of the armed forces or a veteran. However, this may understate the position as not all buyers choose to return a form advising of their employment group in a timely fashion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel had priority status under the Key Worker Living scheme in England in 2008. (291512)

Eligibility for Key Worker Status extends to all Regular Armed Forces personnel, including MPGS, MOD Police, Defence Fire Service and clinical staff in MOD medical establishments of all personal status categories. They retain their entitlement to Key Worker Status for the first year after leaving.

However, one of the criteria to be applied in determining key worker status is to have a household income of less than £60,000. While we can identify those service personnel who have a salary less than this amount we do not hold information on other income generated by the household.