Service Leavers and veterans should have access to accurate, relevant and understandable advice and support on housing options in Scotland which is offered in a timely accessible way.
|1||SG will work with MOD and OVA to highlight the relevant published information and identify ways in which the military can promote this within their own organisations both at home and abroad.||No update|
|2||SG will engage the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) to ensure the Scottish element of their publications is up to date and, where applicable, provide relevant information, guidance and signposting for inclusion in their publications.||No update|
|3||SG will work with MOD and OVA to identify whether MS Teams and/or Zoom can be used to deliver presentations by Housing Options Scotland (HOS) to serving personnel and/or Service leavers.||Housing Options Scotland (HOS) delivered one remote presentation to Serving personnel and/or Service leavers. They have confirmed that they have plans for further remote presentations in 2022-23 subject to resources.|
|4||SG funding is allocated to HOS on a yearly basis. SG has provided funding to HOS over many years and we are fully supportive of ensuring this unique and important service continues. If additional resource is necessary to provide a follow up service, SG will consider any funding requests that may come from HOS.||SG funding is allocated to HOS on a yearly basis. SG has provided funding to HOS over many years and we are fully supportive of ensuring this unique and important service continues. SG funds HOS to provide housing advice to disabled people, older adults and members of the Armed Forces community. The totality of this funding for HOS is £299,605 in 2022/23.|
|5||During 2020 we distributed Armed Forces awareness training to all Scottish Local Authorities. Work is underway to assess the impact of the training and whether any improvements or updates are required. We will work with other stakeholders to determine whether it may be appropriate to extend the training to front line staff from other Registered Social Landlords. We will also continue to engage with Veterans Scotland and support as appropriate the delivery of their Informing Scotland project.||Following the Local Authority elections in 2022, we will re-engage with the new network of Armed Forces and Veterans Champions to determine the effectiveness of the Armed Forces awareness training and whether there is scope for any further work or support. We are also discussing with Veterans Scotland whether there is any scope to extend the Informing Scotland project beyond Local Authorities, such as to RSLs and how SG can support this work. Organisations including DWP and SDS have already had some informal briefings and Veterans Scotland are looking to identify a wider audience.|
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