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Early Day Motion: Post-service Housing

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The petition has had over 700 signatures. We require to continue get this signed, please get as many people as you know to add their names to the petition.

I'm sure we can all do our little bit to put pressure on the government.

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All MPs are back at work next week 19th Feb, so please start emailing them again requesting they sign to support EDM 288.

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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 via the Royal British Legion web-site. The AFF have also placed it on their home page.

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The current legislation discriminates against service personnel and puts them at a distinct disadvantage when requiring help with housing. 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 RumRation goers, get of your backside 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

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UPDATE;

I had a meeting with the Shadow Defence Minister, Mark Harper today. I explained the problems faced by service personnel when leaving the forces, and their housing needs. The Shadow Defence Ministers are putting together a forces welfare package as part of their manifesto. This will include service housing and their future housing needs on leaving the forces, as well as some other areas.

I also got to meet Baroness Thatcher, which was very nice.

I hope you will continue to ask friends and family to sign the Petition, and remember to Email your M.Ps asking them to sign EDM 288.

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The EDM has had 9 new signature added which is great news, but we have to continue to email ministers, asking them to support EDM 288. The number currently stands at 133, we require at least 200 signatures to keep this alive.

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

RumRation, thank you for your support on this issue. I'm sure this area of the legislation will be addressed in the future. However until it is addressed lets keep up the pressure.


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This site like many others has given great coverage of the plight of ex-service personnel and social housing. I would ask those that have not signed the petition yet, to please sign it. I know we will be able to help others in the future, but we must continue to keep pressure on our political masters. The Royal British Legion and other organisations are showing their support and asking for a change in legislation. The AFF brought it to the attention of ministers last week in a meeting. This issue will affect someone you know in the forces in the future. Please show your support, sign the petition and email your MP asking them to support EDM 288.

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

Thank you

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I received the following today. As you will see dialogue between the DCLG and the MoD is happening now. I'm still waiting for my questions under the FOI from the these two departments. I would like to know how many service leavers or serving soldiers could afford the Key Worker Living programme.

The ESAG is the group that looks at homelessness of veterans in London, who looks at the homelessness of veterans around the rest of the country? http://www.veteransagency.mod.uk/homelessness/ex_serv.html

This is not the time to stop emailing your MPs, keep asking them to support EDM 288, you can signing the petition. We require to keep up the pressure on the government.


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The petition is going well and I've noticed that a LT Col has signed with his rank, good on him. The EDM has got two more MPs signed up, one Tory and Labour. Well done to all those that have emailed their MPs as well as those that have signed the Petition.

I hope you will ask family and friends to sign the petition and email their MPs.

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An MP has replied to another supporter with the following statement. She stated "with an estimated £5bn expected to be spent on accommodation and housing over the next 10 years". I would like to point out, this is not a pledge to do so, its an open gesture, some spin. The fact is the Homelessness Legislation discriminates against our serving personnel and their families, as well as our veterans and thats wrong. I was talking with the Shadow Defence Minister at the start of this week at the HoC. I asked him what happened to the 1.6bn Annington homes Plc, gave the government for the purchase of all the service housing. I was told that 100million was placed to one side to refurbish the quarters still in use and the rest went to the Exchequer. The Exchequer has made over 100million in the shared profits sale agreement since 1997 to 2004 with Annington homes Plc. Whilst military personnel that buy the Annington homes only recieve 1% for each full 10 years served. My question to the Shadow Defence Minister was why are service families not given greater discount for the homes they once rented. The shared profits sale agreement should be there to assist military personnel onto the property ladder.

If we want changes made to the way we are treated, then we must stand together. Those in power will continue to spin figures, and lie to all of us.

EDM 288 is pressing the issue of housing for service leavers and will continue to do so with your support. Stage One is for you to Email your MP asking them to support this EDM. Stage Two, Sign the Petition via the link below and ask your friends and family to do the same.

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I was wondering if there was any other way you could get this petition net worked amongst your work colleagues. The armynet has it on their home page now, does the Navy have a similar system in place?

If possible could you send the link to the Petition via the internal email system?

These are just ideas to get greater support for the Petition and the EDM 288. I will be asking the same questions to the RAF on E-Goat.

Thank you everone for your support so far.

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The response has been great thank you. The fact we require to keep it, so please email internally to get more support. I hope to see at least 10 more MPs signed up on the EDM next week. The Petition has done great so lets ensure we keep it going.

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Update on EDM 288 and the Petition. At persent 145 MPs have signed the EDM, we really need to get 150 by the end of this week, so please keep emailing them.

The Petition has had over 1,700 signatiures but require to get at least 2,000 by the start of next week. If possible email all your address book contacts asking them to support this petition.

This is a short list of MPs that still haven't signed the EDM. There constituency are after their names. Lets give them as many requests as possible to sign EDM 288.

Thanks for all your help.

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All but one has failed to sign the EDM, if possible could we get as many emails and letters sent to the remaining 9 MPs today.

David Anderson. (Lab) Blaydon http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/252.html

Graham Allen. (Lab) Nottingham North. Postal only House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Joe Benton. (Lab) Bootle. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/444.html

Ben Bradshaw. (Lab) Exeter. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/324.html

Tom Brake. (LD) Carshalton & Wallington.Has Know signed the EDM.

Dr Roberta Blackman-woods. (Lab) Durham, City of. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/250.html

Bob Blizzard. (Lab) Waveney. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/422.html

Dr Roger Berry. (Lab) Kingswood. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/118.html

Mr John Baron.(Con) Billericay. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/187.html

Mr Alan Campbell. (Lab) Tynemouth. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/523.html
 

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The shared Profit agreement between Annington Homes Plc and the Government should be looked into. the Exchequer has made over 100 Million since 1996 and more military locations are being sold on, the shared profit agreement ends in 2012, so I'm sure there's plenty more profits to be had?

Out of the 1.6 Bn that was raised by selling off the Service Family Accommodation, only £100million was placed to one side for the refurbishment of property still being used by military families. I'm sure we all understand that any refurbishment done only painted over the cracks. There is more than enough profit amongst the money being made to address this issue.

This is just a titbit to get people thinking, we do require more signatures on the petition and EDM 288, so please keep up the hard work.

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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. :arrow:

Regards
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The current legislation discriminates against service personnel and puts them at a distinct disadvantage when requiring help with housing. 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.

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

*************
 

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TattooDog, thank you, but it's everyone that's doing a cracking now.

We now have 151 MPs signed up on the EDM. All those who have signed today are from the Lib Dems, big thanks to elovabloke for chasing those MPs up and anyone else who played a hand in it.

The Petition now has 1,822 signatures, but it would be nice to break the 2,000 mark before next week.

On both these issue we require to keep up the pressure, so please keep the Petition circulating and contacting all MPs asking them to sign EDM 288. :wink: :wink:

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All but one has failed to sign the EDM, if possible could we get as many emails and letters sent to the remaining 9 MPs today.

David Anderson. (Lab) Blaydon http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/252.html

Graham Allen. (Lab) Nottingham North. Postal only House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Joe Benton. (Lab) Bootle. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/444.html

Ben Bradshaw. (Lab) Exeter. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/324.html

Tom Brake. (LD) Carshalton & Wallington.Has Know signed the EDM.

Dr Roberta Blackman-woods. (Lab) Durham, City of. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/250.html

Bob Blizzard. (Lab) Waveney. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/422.html

Dr Roger Berry. (Lab) Kingswood. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/118.html

Mr John Baron.(Con) Billericay. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/187.html

Mr Alan Campbell. (Lab) Tynemouth. http://www.upmystreet.com/commons/email/l/523.html
 

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Soldier Magazine is running an article for the AFF at present (March). Their story covers all sorts of issues, but also the concerns of service leavers and their future housing. In fact, it covers this very issue and has taken some of its information from the thread being run on the armynet. A big thank you to the AFF.

The petition still requires more signatures so please keep passing it around friends and family. I have lost count on how many senior offices have signed the petition and other ranks. This shows the concern being expressed by our CoC, so please if you haven't signed yet, do so, and have the moral courage to show your support as well.


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The ammendment of the Homelessness Legislation is going to be very minor indeed. I have been informed via a third source, (a very reliable one), that only those members of the armed forces who are already registered with a housing authority will be permitted a local connection. :shock:

If you have still not registered with your preferred housing authority, then you require to do so BEFORE THE END OF THIS WEEK. If you require to find out their address or which one you need to register with, you can look them up on the local council web site or contact the JSHAO and ask them. :wink:

I hope the CoC will be looking into this legislation change! They have a duty of care to all those that serve, including spouses and children of their soldiers. If I'm correct and the government is pulling this fast ball, then it will require CGS to confront the housing Minister and Mr Twigg! :evil:

This is the kind of trick the Labour Party would pull.


Regards

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