We Welcome The PM's Commitment To Support Veterans
This week we warmly welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to helping Veterans of a working age to find employment. Her comments were made in response to a question from Gordon Marsden MP at prime minister’s question time on Wednesday.
Andrew Lord, our Chief Executive says: “At Alabaré we work with the most vulnerable of Veterans of a working age – those who have become homeless through no fault of their own.
“We know that through the Armed Forces Covenant the Armed Forces are working harder than ever to help Veterans make the transition to civilian life. However, a small but significant number of Veterans struggle and some of them end up homeless. 80% of our Veterans have spent time living on the streets at some point before they reach us.
“Finding employment is, as the Prime Minister rightly said, very important. However, for the most vulnerable, safe accommodation is the first priority. Without somewhere to live and without the help that supported housing provides, homeless Veterans will not be able to pick up the pieces of their lives, address their health issues that so many struggle with, and seek training to rejoin the world of employment.
“Our campaign, Homes not Streets, is calling for sustainable supported housing provision so we can help homeless Veterans. We are very pleased that the Government has announced a consultation on the future funding of supported housing and we look forward to contributing to it.
“Protecting supported housing is the best way of helping homeless Veterans rebuild their lives and start again on the path to independence. We are calling on the Government to guarantee a sustainable future for the lifeline that is supported housing.”
Alabaré will be publishing our own research into Veterans’ experience of homelessness in early 2017.
 At PMQs on Tuesday Labour's Gordon Marsden quoted research from the Armed Forces charity SSAFA that suggests that 85% of working age Veterans do not think the UK is doing enough to support them.
He asked the Prime Minister:"What are you doing personally to change this?"
The Prime Minister replied: "we absolutely recognise the debt we owe to our Veterans", adding: "One of the things we can do is helping people coming out of the Armed Forces find their way into the world of work."