In recognition of their service to their country, the Welsh Government believes that every former member of the Armed Forces should have help, if needed, to find suitable accommodation, whether directly on discharge or later in life. No-one should be allowed to become homeless.
Estimates of the number of members of the Armed Forces Community living in Wales vary and could be as high as 385,0001 .This document set outs the support available in Wales to ensure that all those in need of accommodation, or a service which will help them to retain or find accommodation, can access it.
In support of the UK Government’s Armed Forces Covenant, the Welsh Government has developed a Package of Support for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in Wales. This package includes support for people in areas such as healthcare; education; and housing including priority status in the Homebuy scheme, Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) for disabled ex-servicemen, Physical Adaptation Grants (PAGs) and priority need status under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
The Welsh Government’s commitment to this was established in “The Nation’s Commitment: Cross-Government Support to our Armed Forces, their Families and Veterans” which was updated by the Armed Forces Covenant and the Welsh Government’s response to the Covenant as set out in our “Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales”.