NAO Report 27/07/07: Leaving The Services

#1
National Audit Office report released today: NAO link
Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said that it is "worrying to think that some of our brave service personnel and their families may be unable to find accommodation because their application for social housing attracts a lower priority from other applicants with the local authority".
(Source epolitix.com)

'Hitback' and others might like to take a look!

D.Y. (BAFF)
 
#2
hackle said:
National Audit Office report released today: NAO link
Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said that it is "worrying to think that some of our brave service personnel and their families may be unable to find accommodation because their application for social housing attracts a lower priority from other applicants with the local authority".
(Source epolitix.com)

'Hitback' and others might like to take a look!

D.Y. (BAFF)
Hackle,

I posted progress on this very issue yesterday. Link below.

PAW

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=73473.html
 
#3
Sh1t-when I joined up 20 years ago squaddies were having trouble getting on housing lists-nothing changes....ever
 
#4
Shocking again but not just accommodation. A glance through some threads will find similar issue with:

NHS dentists
GPs
Waiting lists
Decent schools
financial credit ratings
Welfare
Social Services
Council care/support

Spotty oiks or, even worse, some battery chicken-like call centre workers just won't recognise that a BFPO is a genuine UK address or understand why you never stay for more than a couple of years in one place. The technical name for the group servicemen are put is "intinerant people" - somewhere below gypsies I am afraid.

Will anyone in government grip it. Defence will speak to other departments who after due consideration say "not our problem"
 
#5
pombsen-armchair-warrior said:
...Hackle,

I posted progress on this very issue yesterday. Link below.

PAW

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=73473.html
Hi, PAW

I saw your post yesterday, which is itself a follow-up to Hitback's "Social Housing Discrimination" campaign, which ultimately succeeded with very strong support from BAFF and others. In addition to our steadfast support on ARRSE and elsewhere, we helped in numerous ways behind the scenes, including obtaining a formal legal Opinion and making it available to Hitback.

Nor has BAFF simply declared victory and closed the file on the campaign, following the government's undertaking to change the legislation after 10 years! There are still associated issues we are working on - watch this space.

If you check out the link I posted, you will see that the availability of council housing for service leavers is only one of the issues covered in today's NAO report. Your link was a government press release, whereas the NAO reports to Parliament and is completely independent of HMG.

rgds, D.Y.
 
#6
Sample of the recommendations in the NAO report:

Recommendation 4: The Department should identify the scale of disruption to individual resettlement preparation arising from the high operational tempo, including those Service Leavers unable to attend resettlement activities or those forced to do so late in the process. Whilst recognising the priority Units necessarily give to current workload and operations, the Department should investigate whether an appropriate balance between that work and individual Service Leavers’ entitlement to resettlement is being achieved. This should provide a better service to Service Leavers and reduce any adverse impact on the reputation of the Department and on recruitment and retention.
Recommendation 10: The Department should continue its dialogue with the Department for Communities and Local Government to improve the process through which the small proportion of Service Leavers who meet the appropriate statutory criteria can secure assistance under the homelessness legislation at the end of their Service. In particular, agreement should be reached on how to minimise those cases, where, a small number of local authorities may require possession proceedings to be instituted before they will accept Service Leavers as being homeless and owed a duty to secure accommodation. The Department should also seek to obtain better data on the scale of the problem. This homelessness legislation provides a safety net for people who fall within a priority need group (for example, families with children) and become unintentionally homeless. The Department should continue to explain to Service Leavers that few will be eligible for this type of support.
Recommendation 12: The Department should build on its current arrangements to ensure that all Service Leavers who are medically discharged get an assessment to identify any additional resettlement support they may need. In particular, the Army should use its new Sickness Absence Management system to identify such personnel early in the process. The Department should also consider whether there is a need for a single co-ordination point for resettlement provision to those Service Leavers who are medically discharged, drawing on the approach taken by the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.
 
#7
Does anyone think this government is remotely concerned with housing problems encountered by service personnel as they leave?

This gang of third rate non-entities could not care less. We were promised a change when the grinning spiv in chief left, but no, its the same old guff presented in a slightly different manner.

With the disgrace of involving us in an illegal invasion of a sovereign state one might imagine this government would seize any opportunity to support those doing the 'dirty work' for them.

However, listen to the silence of both Brown and Browne on this disgusting affair in Ashstead. If a government can send an army into another country that same government can say the legal equivalent of b*llocks to the planning laws and tell the objectors to shove their objections up their ...............

When the last serviceman or woman leaves then the quasi Marxists will have achieved their aim and Brown will have more money to waste on ludicrous schemes and of course on the corrupt gangsters in Africa.
 

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