New Armed Forces agreement will allow easier access to housing

Published : 17/07/2012 00:00

New Armed Forces agreement will allow easier access to housing

The proposal to unite armed forces members and Leeds City Council has been agreed and will be officially signed on 17 July 2012.

By establishing the Armed Forces Community Covenant, this will allow for current and former armed forces members to easily access the services that the council have to offer.

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What: The official signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle, attending.
Where: Civic Hall
When: Tuesday 17 July 2012 from 14:00 to 15:00

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As part of the covenant, armed forces personnel with a local connection to Leeds who approach the council for assistance in being rehoused after leaving the forces would be able to benefit from a direct offer of accommodation if they are unable to secure housing through the existing Choice Based Lettings Scheme.

The direct let option will mean an offer of rehousing can be made to the serviceman or woman before they have been formally discharged from the armed forces, with the aim of easing the transition from service life to civilian life and ensuring that they are not disadvantaged.

Last year there were 20 people who left the armed forces and chose Leeds as the place where they would like to be situated. It is expected that a number of forces personnel will be returning to Leeds in the coming years, and with the new covenant in place, this will allow for a more straightforward process.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

We are entirely supportive of our service men and women, therefore the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant is an ideal opportunity to assist them during their transition back to civilian life.”

“We understand that these changes can be difficult to deal with and that is why we want to ensure that those who serve our country so valiantly are not disadvantaged in any way.”

“We are hugely grateful for the sacrifices that our members of the armed forces make for us and for that reason, feel that this is the least we can do to help and welcome them into our city."

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Sienna Bahi, Leeds City Council press office