Housing Information Progress – Recommendation 3

Routes into social housing

If Scotland is to become the destination of choice for Service Leavers, then the Scottish Government and housing providers should give consideration to smoothing their route into social housing. Particular attention should be given to and removing any potential disadvantage caused by a lack of “local connection” brought about by military Service, both for those serving in Scotland and elsewhere.

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:

Fully implemented

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Work has continued throughout 2020 and recommendation has now been assessed as fully met.

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