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Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

November 2nd 2010

The number of ex-military people sleeping rough is a lot smaller than government estimates, according to specialist charity Veterans Aid.

The London-based service, which has been running for nearly 80 years, receives around 2,000 calls for help and provides over 20,000 nights of accommodation to ex-service men and women every year.

But it disputes government statistics that put the number of rough sleepers with a military connection at four per cent of the total number.

"Many [who claim to have been in the military], on further investigation, prove to be lying," said Hugh Milroy, chief executive of Veterans Aid. "This is not surprising, given that there are around 3,000 ex-service support bodies operating in the UK, offering help that is not available to those who are not veterans. This number seems to be growing, with new programmes and niche 'help' organisations appearing daily."

Veterans Aid media officer Glyn Strong added: "Very few 'soldiers' are on the streets; they are actually under represented in the homeless and prison communities. If you are in crisis, it is a positive advantage to be a veteran as there are around 3,000 bespoke help agencies."


November 2010



London's hub

Why Rochester Row?

Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve


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