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Steve supports Homes for Heroes Foundation launch in Parliament

(February 16, 2016)

Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram, has welcomed a new Foundation which has been launched in the Houses of Parliament help tackle housing problems faced by ex-service personnel.

The Homes for Heroes Foundation was launched last week in Parliament gaining widespread, and cross party, support from MPs.

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

Steve Rotheram MP said: “It was a pleasure to help support the launch of the Homes for Heroes Foundation. I look forward to working with them as they seek to address problems faced by veterans when it comes to housing. These individuals have bravely served their country, dedicating their life to keeping Britain safe and the least we can do is ensure they have a home to return to following duty.

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