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More than a third of the capital’s boroughs attend workshop on housing for Veterans

London VAPC event brings together local authorities, armed forces charities and military support organisations.

Left to right: Andrew Ross, Dr Edward Kirton-Darling, Professor Helen Carr, Neil Usborne, Alastair Williamson, Lynn Verity, Robert Money, Bruce Holborn and Robert Rowntree.

Left to right: Andrew Ross, London VAPC, Dr Edward Kirton-Darling, University of Kent, Professor Helen Carr, Unversity of Kent, Neil Usborne, Renewing the Covenant in the Capital, Alastair Williamson, Tesco, Lynn Verity, chairman, London VAPC, Robert Money, London VAPC, Bruce Holborn, Royal British Legion and Robert Rowntree, Veterans UK. Copyright Paul Clabburn VAPC London.

Thirteen local authorities were represented at a housing policy for Veterans workshop held at the RAF Club in London on Monday, June 3.

Delegates discussed homelessness and Veterans; the allocation of social housing to Veterans and working with others to achieve a coherent approach.

London VAPC chairman Lynn Verity said she was delighted with the commitment shown:

We hope the workshop will lead to a coalition of the willing. Housing is an incredibly complex and emotive subject; put it together with a special group like Veterans and it can become even more so.

But after today we think it’s possible agreement may emerge on, for example, what is best practice; something that could be of real use not just in London but also in other parts of the UK.

The event, organised by London VAPC, included as stakeholders the University of Kent Law School, the Royal British Legion and Renewing the Covenant in the Capital.

In addition to the boroughs, GLA members, major military charities and organisations involved in the welfare of ex-servicemen and women, including Veterans UK and the MOD, also attended.

Contributions from the delegates will now be analysed by the University of Kent, who will formulate a research programme. The aim is to work with local authorities and interested groups to produce practical outcomes.

London VAPC would like to thank the following local authorities for attending: Bromley, Camden, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Haringey, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Newham, Richmond, Southwark, Wandsworth and Westminster.

In addition, we appreciate the contributions made by Len Duvall, Gareth Bacon and Deborah Halling from the GLA, charities Blesma, COBSEO, Stoll and Veteran’s Aid and the RAF.

We’re extremely grateful to the Royal British Legion and Tesco for financial support and the RAF Club for hosting the event.

A copy of Homeless Veterans in London, Investigating Housing Responsibilities report 2019 (PDF, 534KB, 6 pages) .

Published 4 June 2019