MP backs housing change

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BURY St Edmunds MP David Ruffley has welcomed proposed reforms which would make it easier for military personnel to secure social housing.

Mr Ruffley supports a change to The Allocation of Housing Regulations which would forbid local authorities from asking members of the armed forces for proof of local links when applying for housing.

In a separate move, authorities will be required to give preference to former and serving personnel plus reservists who have been seriously injured as well as bereaved spouses and families.

Mr Ruffley said: “We must do more to help them when they return to civilian life.”

Anne Gower, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing, said the authority was ‘practising what the new guidance lays out’ by treating every case on its individual merits.