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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07670: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that veterans are given appropriate priority for housing.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 14 March 2017

Priority for social housing in Scotland is based on an assessment of an applicant’s need and circumstances. Scottish housing law requires social landlords (registered social landlords and local authorities) to give reasonable preference to certain applicants, including those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Veterans who find themselves homeless, threatened with homelessness or with a high level of housing need will receive priority for social housing.

Scottish Government practice guidance on allocations provides advice to social landlords to consider and address the needs of ex-Service personnel as part of their housing allocations policies and procedures and ensure they are not disadvantaged. It includes practice examples that highlight approaches used by social landlords to respond to the housing needs of Service leavers and the wider veterans' community.