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Early Day Motion: Post-service Housing

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Lantern Swinger
The following Ministers require to be emailed, If you live in their constituency then please email them and ask them to sign EDM 288. By MPs signing the edm it highlights the concerns their constituencies have about the issue.

Copy this and paste it into your message asking them to sign.


HOUSING PROVISION FOR FORMER MEMBERS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM'S ARMED FORCES

That this House notes the important contribution made by Her Majesty's Armed Forces in defending the United Kingdom's national interests; recognises their commitment and professionalism in the service of the country both at home and abroad; further recognises that following the end of their careers in the armed forces many servicemen and women and their families face considerable difficulties in securing housing appropriate to their needs as civilians; and believes housing associations and the Government should review housing allocation policy in respect of establishing local connections to ensure that former members of the armed forces are not discriminated against when applying for housing.


Hilary Armstrong (Lab) North West Durham http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/258.html or [email protected] :wink:

Vera Baird (Lab) Redcar http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/638.html or [email protected] :razz:

John Battle (Lab) Leeds West http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/475.html or [email protected] :grin:

Joe Benton (Lab) Bootle [email protected] :lol:

Ben Bradshaw (Lab) Exeter http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/475.html or [email protected] :razz:

Annette Brooke (LD) Mid Dorset & North Poole http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/80.html or [email protected] :lol:

Richard Burden (Lab) Birmingham, Northfield http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/32.html or [email protected] :grin:

Regards
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I believe this issue requires to be pressed further, and it will only be by you and me doing it publically. It feel you are unable to sign due to your employment in the system, them ask your partner and all your friends and family to sign this petition. This link will not give you an updated list of those that have signed. You will require to go into the main system.


Thank you, you're now signed up to this petition! If you'd like to tell your friends about it, its permanent web address is:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/forceshousing/



Thank you for your support.

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The EDM has now got 114 MPs signed up to it. Please keep emailing those MPs who have still not signed this important EDM

http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=31905&SESSION=885

There have now been 32 signatures on this petition. I implore all those reading this petition to sign it and then ask their friends and family to do the same. This is our way to get those in power to change this disgraceful discrimination we suffer under the old Homelessness Legislation.

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/forceshousing/

Regards

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elovabloke

Midshipman
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The following has just been sent to me today by Mr Patrick Leavey, Head of Public Affairs, The Royal British Legion. They have made it easier to locate your MP.

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/content/Campaigning-513626.shtml#2house

They will also be running the petition on their site. Big Thanks to The Royal British Legion.


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The RBL are also supporting the signing of this petition

Petition

Please add your signature to the petiton as well as contacting your MP to sign the EDM. The support of your family and friends would also help.
 

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I received the following from the AFF, as I said they're pushing this issue and others.

I have sent an email to a Minister in the House and await his reply. I shall place it on here when I get it. We know only too well how this government twists and turns when we require answers and action.

When you read the statement below, you will see how the government and its' body of the DCLG is stalling this issue. I have spent two years chasing this issue up, the government has tried everything possible to close doors on me.
The fact I have more support now from the following groups; RBL, BAFF, AFF, Shelter and of course all those users of the E-Goat, Rum Ration, Rear Party, Arrse and the armynet, only re-enforces the importance of getting this legislation changed.


ADMIN, would you please make this a sticky.


Regards
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From AFF

I spoke to the MOD today about various different housing matters that included your issue of ‘local connection’.

MOD are aware of an increase in interest (although this means they spend more time answering MP’s questions and not moving forward – a point they constantly make to me…!) and are working to find a resolution. As I already told you this topic is covered quite regularly (on my prompting) but as you’re also aware it requires a change to primary legislation which is a slow process.

MOD says that they are waiting for a response from DCLG to their questions. The concern is that DCLG will come back with a long list of further questions which will delay things but hopefully there will be an indication of what they’re prepared to do. The really good thing is that it has support from the Services so we just have to keep pushing although I think it will also continue to be frustratingly slow.
 

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I sent the following email to the [email protected] yesterday; This is all with reference to the the above statement by the AFF. The fact is the MoD don't change legislation Ministers do, so by Ministers asking questions will not affect the speed inwhich this issue is being addressed. I believe there has been very little discussion going on between the MoD and the DCLG about the local connection rule for military personnel. I will be going to the House of Commons next week to discuss this issue.

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Email sent to FOI

I would like to obtain copies of the actual documents, and copies of correspondence between the departments of the MoD and the DCLG. With reference to housing provisions for service personnel leaving the forces and requiring social housing. This matter covers the Homelessness Legislation local connection rule, which only applies to Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
Any cost for post etc, then please inform me.
Thank you for your help in this matter.

Regards
Mr Nick C



Tabled questions By MP
Mrs Nadine Dorries MP has also tabled the two following questions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations has he received from the Department for Communities and Local Government, regarding the housing needs of serving and former members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations has she received from the Department for Defence, regarding the housing needs of serving and former members of the armed forces; and if she will make a statement.
 

elovabloke

Midshipman
Up to 166 signatures - please add your name to the petiton. Doing this will show the WE care and it also adds support to the EDM.
 

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This is for anyone thats just started to read this thread, to stop you having to reading all the entries the following is what this thread is all about. The link at the bottom will take you to the EDM signatories.
There are over 40 people viewing this site, I'm sure you can spare 2 minutes to email these MPs and ask them to sign EDM 288. The link at the (BOTTOM) also allows you to show your support for our serving soldiers. Click the link and sign the petition.

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The current legislation discriminates against service personnel and puts them at a distinct disadvantage when competing with civilians. An early day motion is currently being signed by MPs which if carried, will help change this legislation, but we need more of them to sign it if we are to get the government to take notice. We now need your support to get this through. Go to http://www.parliament.uk/directories/hciolists/alcm.cfm to find your MP and then Email your MP asking for support for this EDM. Come on Rum Ration, get of your bunk and give us some support!.

If you wish, you could always take this simple letter and copy and paste it to your MP via the link. Don't forget to place their name and yours in the pasted letter.

Dear *******

The following EDM 288 has been tabled in the House of Commons. I believe our armed forces should be given all the support they require for their civilian transition, and housing is a fundamental requirement. I hope you will show your support by signing EDM 288.

Yours sincerely

*************

The following people require to be contacted and asked to sign this EDM. I shall continue to place links to those names that require to be contacted.


Andrew Lansley North East Milton Keynes http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/506.html or via [email protected] :arrow:


Andrew Mitchell Sutton Coldfield http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/30.html or [email protected] :arrow:


David Mundell http Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/808.html or [email protected] :arrow:


Alan Duncan Rutland & Melton http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/459.html or http://www.alanduncan.org.uk/ :arrow:


David Davis Monmouth http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/374.html or [email protected] :arrow:


Hilary Armstrong (Lab) North West Durham http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/258.html or [email protected] :arrow:


Vera Baird (Lab) Redcar http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/638.html or [email protected] :arrow:


John Battle (Lab) Leeds West http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/475.html or [email protected] :arrow:


Joe Benton (Lab) Bootle [email protected] :arrow:


Ben Bradshaw (Lab) Exeter http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/324.html or [email protected] :arrow:


Richard Burden (Lab) Birmingham, Northfield http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/32.html or [email protected] :arrow:


Thank you for your time, and I hope you have shown your support, by adding your name to the petition and emailing those above to sign the EDM.

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Has anyone had a reply from any of the above list of MPs. If so then please place on here for others to read.

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This is for anyone thats just started to read this thread, to stop you having to reading all the entries the following is what this thread is all about. The link at the bottom will take you to the EDM signatories.

I'm sure you can spare 2 minutes to email these MPs and ask them to sign EDM 288. The link at the (BOTTOM) also allows you to show your support for our serving soldiers. Click the link and sign the petition.

Regards
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The current legislation discriminates against service personnel and puts them at a distinct disadvantage when competing with civilians. An early day motion is currently being signed by MPs which if carried, will help change this legislation, but we need more of them to sign it if we are to get the government to take notice. We now need your support to get this through. Go to http://www.parliament.uk/directories/hciolists/alcm.cfm to find your MP and then Email your MP asking for support for this EDM. Come on ARRSERS, get of your arrse and give us some support!. :wink:

If you wish, you could always take this simple letter and copy and paste it to your MP via the link. Don't forget to place their name and yours in the pasted letter.

Dear *******

The following EDM 288 has been tabled in the House of Commons. I believe our armed forces should be given all the support they require for their civilian transition, and housing is a fundamental requirement. I hope you will show your support by signing EDM 288.

Yours sincerely

*************


The new list of MPs to email, the important thing is you have to come from their constituency to get them to act. If you get a reply from them then place it on site. If someone could PM me a list of Royal Navy Ports and their constituencies, I will get all the MPs contact details and place them on site with their short cuts. UK only.


Peter Ainsworth EAST SURREY [email protected]

Hilary Armstrong NORTH WEST DURHAM http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/258.html or [email protected]

Tony baldry BANBURY http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/411.html or [email protected]

Nicholas Brown NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE EAST & WALLSEND http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/516.html

Chris Bryant RHONDDA http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/164.html

Paul Burstow SUTTON & CHEAM http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/433.html or [email protected]

Ben Chapman WIRREL SOUTH http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/179.html or http://phil-waterfield.members.beeb.net/bc-web/Contact.htm

Paul Clark GILLINGHAM http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/501.html or [email protected]

Jim Cunningham COVENTRY SOUTH http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/209.html
 

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Lantern Swinger
There are 124 MPs signed up to EDM 288 and 328 signatures on the Petition. We have to keep up the pressure, we require more MPs to signs the EDM, so please email your MP and get them to support our armed forces. The Petition is another avenue through which to show support for our Comrades.

This issue has never been addressed and brought so publicly to the political forefront before. If we wish to achieve our aim, we must continue to put pressure on those political masters.

If the MPs fails to reply to your request, then keep emailing his/her office. All MPs have to reply to written requests, so put pen to paper and write to them. I understand only too well how MPs ignore requests from those they are meant to be serving. I've had two years of it. Keep up the hard work.


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Lord Garden has been behind this issue of housing for our service leavers for some time, Im very glad to see Lord Bramall throwing his weight around as well.

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Lantern Swinger
The petition has grown in size with over 500 names on it. We do require alot more names though. So please keep them coming, friends and family member can also pledge their names towards getting this legislation changed.

Thank you for your time and signatures.

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Lantern Swinger
The need for more people to sign the petition is great. Those that have neither signed the petition or emailed their M.P are asked to do so. We need to show a united front on this issue and support our serving soldiers and their families.

I received the following letter today from Service Personnel and Policy Service Conditions MoD. I have made contact with the the department and await their return call. In my request under the FOI, I asked for all correspodance the MoD have had with the DCLG on this issue. The letter, as polite as it is, is not the information I asked for. At least the acknowledge there's an issue to be addressed.

The areas spoken about in para 2, under the LSAP, soldiers that use this option are not permitted to rent out their property or sell it for a certain period. the social housing Nomination Scheme is over subscribed and the waiting list are very long, some Housing Associations have removed themselves from the scheme. The government funded schemes, such as the Key Worker initiative. Military personnel have to have at least 5 years left to run on their contract. The other point is, only a very small proportion of serving personnel are eligible for the scheme, ten thousand military personnel. There are more Civil Servants eligible for this scheme, fifty thousand.

I hope you will continue to support our Armed Forces in this issue. Please sign the petition and email your M.P to sign EDM288.

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slim

War Hero
Signiture added.
however I still believe that it is up to the individual to make preparations when leaving the service.
 

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Lantern Swinger
Thanks Slim for your support. Many service personnel do, 23 thousand leave each year, but some are priced well out of the market or are unable to get a mortgage due to injury.

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