Housing Advice for Military Veterans
Wiltshire has a proud history of working with the military and supporting a positive discharge plan for those leaving the Forces and settling in to civilian life. We have produced a factsheet which should help identify the range of options availablefor those affected and this is available on this webpage in a downloadable version
The National Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces,and their families, are treated fairly, and not disadvantaged as a result of their service. Every council in the country has pledged that they will uphold the national Covenant through a local Community Covenant pledge. Wiltshire Council was instrumental in initiating the Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership, a partnership with its military communities in 2006, sometime before the Armed Forces Covenant was conceived. Wiltshire signed its own community covenant in August 2011, shortly after the national launch in June. It was ratified by a range of partners in Wiltshire at the Wiltshire Assembly in December 2013 and reaffirmed by a range of partners in March 2017; with new businesses and other organisations signing up.
Wiltshire Council has been able to demonstrate an enormous amount of effort in embracing the needs of the wider military.
- Policies including schools admissions, housing, paid leave for Reservists and flexibleworking arrangements which are attractive to military spouses - (see further detail below).
- The Enterprise Network (TEN), a SWLEP- wide programme ledby Wiltshire Council in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and privatepartners, to encourage start-up enterprises which particularly targets themilitary community as part of the programme .
- the ‘Higher Futures Programme' for which the militarycommunity is to pilot as learners
- a new military ‘landing page' on our recruitment websitedesigned for military leavers and families
- Supporting local organisations to apply for and draw downnearly £1mfrom the Community Covenant fund over 4 years.
- Support to military charities such as SSAFA and the RBL through engagementwith their programmes
- Spreading best practice to other LAs (leading on various LGAinitiatives, such as the close involvement of LAs in MOD estate disposal plansand processes.
- The Army Basing Programme and the return of troops from Germany
We want Army Leavers to have a positive experience of resettlement and that work must start early through planning with Welfare Officers. Wiltshire Council works closely with the Welfare Teams and Defence Infrastructure Organisation to identify those leaving the forces and to work to help create Personalised Pathways that meet their needs. Each plan will be different depending on the needs of the individual, their families,their financial circumstances and their future needs. Many army leavers receive a discharge payment and we will consider that as part of looking at suitable housing options on discharge. It is important that Veterans take account of this money and use it to help resettle themselves into civilian life and our team can help them look at options.
We work closely with Military charities and have included a list of charities and organisations that help support veterans on this page for individuals for reference and support.
Read through our factsheet on Housing Options for Veterans and how we can support you.
- WiltshireCouncil has supported, promoted and participated in all the South West TransitionFairs and British Forces Resettlement Service (BFRS) events wherebusinesses and service providers offer advice and support to service personnelplanning their futures following their military career. The most recent tookplace in Tidworth on 15 March.
- We staff exhibition stands at the events and highlight the militaryfocused programmes that the council is involved in, for example, HigherFutures, The Enterprise Network and University TechnologyColleges.