Proving a “local connection”
The requirement to prove a “local connection” needs far better explanation in MOD, Scottish Government and Local Authority publications, including leaflets and websites, targeted at housing providers, veterans and Service personnel.
2019 SVC evaluation of status:
Implemented, but work should continue
2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:
As part of the wider revision of the Scottish Government website, a veteran support area has been created on mygov.scot, which clearly sets out housing options and on how veterans can gain access to more tailored advice. Links have been created on other veterans’ websites to help sign-post individuals quickly to the information they require. ‘Social Housing Allocations in Scotland – A Practice Guide’ was published in February 2019. It contains practice advice to social landlords on allocations for veterans and Service leavers including guidance on ensuring that local connection does not put service personnel at a disadvantage when applying for social housing.
2020 SVC evaluation of status:
2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:
Work has continued throughout 2020 and recommendation has now been assessed as fully met.