How SSDC supports the Armed Forces Community

Housing Options/Homelessness

The current Homefinder Somerset policy gives priority to Armed Forces or ex Armed Forces in two main ways.

1.    Main or joint applicants that fall within the following categories will be deemed to have a local connection to Somerset.

a)    Serving or former members of the Armed Forces that have left the services in the last 5 years

b)    Serving members of the Armed Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability   sustained as a result of their service

c)    Bereaved spouses or civil partners of those serving in the regular forces where

i.     the bereaved spouse or civil partner has recently ceased, or will cease to be entitled, to reside in Ministry of Defence accommodation following the death of their service spouse or civil partner, and

ii.    the death was wholly or partly attributable to their service

d)    Serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service

In addition, the above groups are given further priority treatment in that the effective date will be backdated two years from the date of application.

 

2.  Homeless applications - we do not wait for the notice to expire or require that the landlord obtains a court order before we accept a homeless duty to a member of the armed forces who are leaving and moving out of service accommodation.

 

Council Tax and Housing Benefit

  • 100% exemption from Council Tax for properties owned by the MOD and used as armed forces accommodation.
  • In Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support the full sum of War Widows/Widower Pension and War Disablement Pensions are disregarded in full.

 

Equalities

Staff from Yeovilton's RNRM Welfare service sit on the council's Equalities Working Group to ensure members of the Armed Forces community do not experience undue discrimination or disadvantage as recipients of council services.

Contact: David.crisfield@southsomerset.gov.uk