Essentially, current legislation effectively discriminates against Service Leavers and their families with regard to entitlement to social housing in the following manner: A Service Leaver without property of his own will effectively become homeless at the end of his Service career homeless people have an entitlement to social housing, but this requires proof of a 'local connection' by virtue of their service in the Armed Forces, Service Leavers, even when they have been stationed in the area for a significant period, are deemed not to have this 'local connection' unless they fulfill one of the other criteria (family locally &c.) Sometimes there is not enough forethought on the part of some. Equally with the provision of Service housing throughout a career, and the inherent difficulties of moving between non-Service housing every two years or so, or living separated from spouse and family, many Service Leavers fall into this trap. When this occurs, spouses and children may actually benefit from divorcing the Service Leaver!.. Remember, sometimes a Service Leaver may be forced out of the Armed Forces before their time through injury on operations or exercise which, if serious enough, leads to a medical discharge. In this situation there is the added problem of a long-term disabilitating injury to deal with - try getting a second job, and a mortgage on that basis. Please visit the following website: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/forceshousing/ and if you feel it appropriate, add your signatures to the petition. If you feel you can and should pass this on, please do.