Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake has challenged the Ministry of Defence about the support they plan to give local authorities, such as Sutton, which are keen on establishing a Home for Heroes Housing site.
In Parliament Tom asked Mark Lancaster, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, what support the Ministry was able to give local authorities which were keen to establish “homes for heroes?”
In response Mr Lancaster said: “I recently announced that we were about to undertake a review of best practice. Following conversations with the chair of the Local Government Association, we intend to carry out that review to ensure that best practice is spread across local authorities throughout the UK.”
Following the the Minister's reply, Tom commented: "Spreading best practice is of course essential, but hard cash is too. With local council budgets taking a real hammering in the Chancellor's recent announcement, all will struggle to deliver those desperately needed Homes for Heroes.”
“The Homes for Heroes Charity was founded in 2010 to support homeless ex-service personnel. Currently, there are over 4500 previous serving members of the British Armed Forces sleeping rough in the UK. To support local veterans Sutton Council wants to provide a site for this charity.”
A spokesperson for Lib Dem-led Sutton Council, commenting on Sutton's own Homes for Heroes project said: “We are supportive of the Homes for Heroes project. We are keen to work with the group to see if we can find suitable sites in Sutton which are appropriate for their needs. This would be subject to consultation with the veterans themselves.”