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Mr Christopher Chope more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Policy on the right to buy socially-held accommodation is a matter for the relevant housing authorities and is not covered under the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant's primary role is to remove the disadvantages that our Serving personnel, veterans and families may face as a result of their Service and to offer them a fair deal in comparison with all other British citizens. The available evidence does not suggest that veterans have greater challenges in finding accommodation than any other citizen.</p><p>We support our Armed Forces to get on the housing ladder and get a good job when they leave, through our resettlement programmes, Help to Buy Schemes and Career Transition Partnerships, and the vast majority transition well to civilian life.</p><p>However a small number may struggle and we work very closely with local authorities and the Devolved Administrations to ensure that the help they need is available to them. Initiatives such as ensuring fair access to social housing, Help to Buy schemes, and support through organisations such as the Riverside English Churches Housing Group, and Veterans' Hubs exist to address the range of housing needs of veterans and their families.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Christopher Chope more like this
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David Mackintosh more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The new Local Authorities grant programme aims to distribute £4 million in Financial Years 2016-17 and 2017-18. The programme supports Local Authorities in their delivery of their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant. Local Authorities have been able to apply to the Covenant Fund since July 2016. Decisions will be made by the Covenant Fund National Panel on 23 March 2017 as to the first year's funding, and published on the Armed Forces Covenant website. Until the grant awards have been made it would be inappropriate to say which Local Authorities submitted applications. In addition, Local Authorities are also eligible to bid for smaller grants of up to £20,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for David Mackintosh more like this
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Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Since 2 September 2016 a further 302 companies have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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Stephen Kinnock more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>We have already done a huge amount to improve the lives of Service personnel, veterans and their families, as the 2016 Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report demonstrates. We continue to lead work across Government Departments, local authorities, businesses and the charitable sector to embed and sustain delivery of the Covenant, to address disadvantage wherever it arises, and ensure fairness. We have shown our long term commitment to delivering the Covenant by allocating £10 million a year to continue funding projects and initiatives that support our people.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kinnock more like this
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Julie Elliott more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Members for Rochdale (Simon Danczuk) and Halifax (Holly Lynch).</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Julie Elliott more like this