Improve links between Local Authorities and MOD
The Scottish Government should work with Local Authorities and MOD to improve information-sharing in order that those leaving the Services are aware of the opportunities available in Scotland and Local Authorities are given advance notice of those expressing a wish to live in their area (also recommended in Transition in Scotland report).
2019 SVC evaluation of status:
2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:
For information see Veterans Gateway. Further information and advice for Service Leavers on housing options in Scotland is also available on the mygov.scot and other veterans websites.
2020 SVC evaluation of status:
2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:
The Scottish Housing Guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel was launched in November 2018. This was issued to all Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Local Authority Armed Forces and Veterans Champions, veterans charities and other external stakeholders. The Social Housing Allocations guidance was published in 2019 and highlights that the Scottish Government is committed to good housing outcomes for ex-Service personnel, and their families, and encourages landlords to consider their needs and respond appropriately. The guide also highlights that people in the Armed Forces should be encouraged to make a housing application well in advance of needing a new home.
Welcome to Scotland – A guide for Service personnel and their families moving to Scotland was updated in 2019 and this included a contribution on how to apply for social housing in Scotland. This will be updated again in 2021.
The Scottish Government’s veterans webpage provides information about applying for social housing in Scotland and includes a link to the page which provides a drop down list to each individual council website. The housing pages on Veterans Gateway are also linked to the my.gov pages.
The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) has two factsheets on its website, one which is similar to the Scottish Government veterans page and the other is more general information about housing in Scotland. The Preventing Veterans Homelessness Pathway is currently being developed with Veterans Scotland Housing Group and this will ensure the housing system in Scotland responds to the needs of veterans and prevents homelessness. This is expected to start at the end of 2020.