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Published 07 October 2020

A new Housing resource to support armed forces personnel in West Dunbartonshire has been launched.

The Armed Forces Pathway will ensure veterans can access all the information they require about  living in the area in one central place.   

The new web page provides a raft of information, including details on how to seek support with life outside the military; assistance on obtaining a home with any necessary adaptations or support; access to welfare support; and assistance with employment.

It has been introduced to improve the ways in which the Council engages with its Armed Forces community and make it as straightforward as possible to get support.

It comes after a number of employees in the Council’s Housing and Homelessness team undertook Armed Forced Covenant training, offered by the Scottish Government in partnership with Veterans Scotland and the Ministry of Defence.

The training is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the Covenant and how its principles can be applied at a local level.

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We truly value the service our military community provide, and this new hub of information is something we can do to give back to veterans who may be adjusting to life outside the military to make things easier for them.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “This is a great resource for veterans who will find all the information they need in one place, from housing support, money advice and help to seek employment. Anything we can do to support this community is worthwhile.”

The information can be found at https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/housing/homelessness/armed-forces-pathway/