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Support for veterans and the armed forces community: 2019

Our continuing support for our veterans and armed forces community.


Overall achievements

Health

Scottish Veterans Care Network established


Strengthened support for NHS Armed Forces and Veterans Champions network


Armed Forces and Veterans Health Joint group refreshed and restructured with addition of Implementation group to progress priority actions


Certificate of Vision Impairment signposting to additional support for veterans


Updated online information about veterans’ health services on NHS Inform


 

Housing

Continued priority access to the Open Market Shared Equity scheme for Service personnel, veterans who have left the Armed Forces within the past two years, and partners of Service personnel who lost their lives while serving for up to two years thereafter. 


New social housing allocations guidance for social landlords with advice on meeting the needs of veterans and ensuring they are not disadvantaged 


Committed to developing a pathway to prevent veterans homelessness


Over £350,000 awarded to East Lothian Council to develop six homes for disabled veterans which are currently on site and are scheduled to complete by the end of the financial year


Private Residential Tenancy exemption for veterans charity housing in line with needs of veterans


 

Employability and Skills

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership awarded funding to continue the project to credit level military qualifications in Scotland


Skills Development Scotland and Career Transition Partnership project launched to promote career guidance to Service leavers


Scottish Government Armed Forces and Veterans Staff Network launched


Workplace Equality Fund criteria amended to include the Armed Forces community including spouses with funding awarded to create best practice when recruiting and employing veterans, particularly those with disabilities


 

Education

Scottish Service Children Strategy Group good practice event held for Education professionals and Armed Forces personnel


Education Scotland launched resources which will help support children affected by adversity and trauma


Approximately 70% of Scottish universities and 60% of Scottish colleges have signed up to be part of the HE:FE Armed Forces Champions Network


Scottish Funding Council launched a dedicated web page with sources of information, advice and guidance for veterans, service leavers and their families


 

Wider Support

Scottish Veterans Fund supported 10 projects in 2018-19, and 7 projects in 2019-20 with a further £360,000 committed to the Fund to 2022-23.


The new Scottish Veterans Commissioner published his first annual progress report


Question on veterans proposed for the 2021 Census


Older veterans are recognised in ‘A Fairer Scotland for Older People – A Framework for Action’ where we have committed to working with partners to take forward the Strategy for Our Veterans, which addresses the needs of older veterans


The Scottish Government’s social isolation and loneliness strategy “A Connected Scotland” committed to continuing to work with veterans and veterans’ organisations, to better identify how to support the Armed Forces community to strengthen social connections.

Contact

Email: Allyson.Forrester@gov.scot

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