Funding boost for disabled veterans' housing

A project that will create an affordable housing scheme for disabled veterans in Edinburgh is set to receive a £250,000 funding boost.

The scheme, which has been championed by the Lord Provost, will deliver five accessible homes in the north of the Capital and members of the City of Edinburgh Council today approved paying for a shortfall in funding.

Councillors agreed to provide the funding from the Council Tax Discount Fund, which is ring fenced to support affordable housing.

Proposed by the Scottish Veterans Garden City Association (SVGCA), the accommodation will be built in Salvesen Gardens at an estimated cost of £800,000.

Edinburgh Veterans Champion, Lord Provost Donald Wilson, said: "I am committed to supporting veterans, and we signed the Edinburgh Armed Forces Community Covenant, which encourages integration between local communities and the Armed Forces communities, in 2012.

"A lot of work to address the city's shortage of affordable housing is ongoing, and we have introduced changes to our lettings policy for Council homes to recognise the special difficulties that veterans are facing in particular.

"The length of time ex-service personnel have served is now taken into account when they are applying for Council homes, and we work with the Edinburgh Garrison to provide housing advice and information to personnel before they leave the armed services."

Peter Minshall, Chief Executive of Houses for Heroes Scotland, said: "SVGCA has been hugely impressed by the City of Edinburgh Council and its tangible spirit adopted in pursuit of the Armed Forces Covenant. This financial support, driven by the Lord Provost, is a very much appreciated practical contribution ensuring more disabled veterans receive suitable housing in Edinburgh."

Several projects aimed at addressing a shortage in affordable housing are taking place in Edinburgh, and the Council delivered more than 1,200 quality, low-cost places to live in 2013/14, compared to 411 in 2008/09.

The Council, working with housing associations and house builders, invested £142m of public and private funding in house building over the past year, generating £107m for the local economy, and support for more than 1,900 jobs.

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