Victoria supports Homes for Heroes Foundation launch in Parliament

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On Tuesday 10 February 2016, Victoria Prentis MP attended the launch of the Homes for Heroes Foundation at the Houses of Parliament. The new cross-party body aims to help tackle housing problems faced by ex-service personnel. In the presence of dozens of Members of Parliament, the Homes for Heroes Foundation was launched by former Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP, Jake Berry MP and General Lord Richards, the former Chief of the Defence Staff.

Today, many soldiers leave the armed forces after years of serving their country around the world and face an uphill battle to find a home for themselves and their families. 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, whilst 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 that Britain has the finest housing package for returning armed forces of any country in 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 to get a better deal for veterans.

At the well attended launch there were representatives from armed forces charities, housebuilders, housing associations, local authorities and also parliamentary colleagues.

Victoria Prentis MP said, “I was so glad to be able to be at the launch of this brilliant new organisation. After their selfless service to our country, making sure that veterans have a home to come back to is the least we can do.