Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, has welcomed a new Foundation that has been launched in the Houses of Parliament to help tackle housing problems faced by ex-service personnel.
The cross party Homes for Heroes Foundation has been launched by former Housing Minster Grant Shapps MP, fellow MP Jake Berry and General Lord Richards, the former Chief of the Defence Staff.
It was launched to help the many soldiers who leave the armed forces and face an uphill battle to find a home for themselves and their families upon returning home.
There may be several reasons for this: some veterans suffer permanent physical injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder; others are healthy in body and spirit but have sacrificed the ability to put down roots, while serving abroad.
The inspiration for this foundation is the upcoming centenary of the Housing Act 1919 where Prime Minister David Lloyd George promised ‘homes fit for heroes’ for soldiers who had returned from the battlefield of Europe.
The goal of the Foundation is to update Lloyd George’s vision for the 21st Century so Britain has the finest housing package for returning armed forces across the world. Over the course of this Parliament, the Homes for Heroes Foundation plans a programme of research to guide the housing policy objectives and get a better deal for veterans.
At the heavily-attended launch there were representatives from armed forces charities, housing associations, local authorities and also parliamentary colleagues.
Maria Caulfield MP said: “It was a pleasure to help support the launch of the Homes for Heroes Foundation. I look forward to working with them as they seek to address problems faced by veterans when it comes to housing. After their selfless service, making sure they have a home to come back to is the least we can do.”
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