£6 million set aside for war veterans' homes in Colchester

Gazette: £6 million set aside for war veterans' homes in Colchester £6 million set aside for war veterans' homes in Colchester

MILLIONS of pounds have been set aside to pay for war veterans’ accommodation in Colchester.

The town is one of eight projects which have won Government funding after fines worth £40million were taken from city banks.

The £6million, which has been allocated by Number 10, will be used to build 65 units of temporary, supported and independent accommodation in the town.

The houses will be used by veterans who are planning to return to independent living.

The project will be carried out by Riverside housing, Stoll and Haig Housing. All three are specialists in working with veterans and their families.

Mr Cameron said: “Our Armed Forces make huge sacrifices for the nation and it is right that all of us recognise that sacrifice - that is why this government enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law.

“One of the greatest worries for our troops when they are wounded or injured is how they and their families will continue with daily life.

“We should do all we can to take away those worries by providing them with the specialist help and support they need to continue to live their lives and these projects will help to deliver that.”

Leann Hearne, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to combine our expertise and resources to develop a comprehensive pathway which will make a world of difference to helping homeless veterans out of housing need, into training and therapeutic support and back into civilian life.”

Ed Tytherleigh, Stoll chief executive, added: “We are very proud to be working with other leaders in their field supporting veterans and hope this pathway marks a watershed in the way that housing providers work together to support this country’s most vulnerable veterans.”

James Richardson, chief executive of Haig Housing, said: “The need for decent long term housing is vital for veterans; a home provides a secure foundation for life in the civilian world.

“Haig Housing has decades of experience in the provision of good quality housing and housing advice for veterans and is particularly delighted to be involved in housing provision in Colchester - an area with such a strong military connection.”

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2:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.
All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case. Jack222
  • Score: 61

3:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

friday_woods says...

I totally agree. Fill them with the feral, feckless and work shy who have never contributed to anything in society...
I totally agree. Fill them with the feral, feckless and work shy who have never contributed to anything in society... friday_woods
  • Score: 61

7:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

ImpossibleMission says...

Jack222 wrote:
All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.
How dare you two above.....
our war veterans ARE A VERY SPECIAL CASE & CAUSE.
You two above disgust me me beyond repugnance.
Im ex military don a gun and fight for your country.
Who wants your opinions?
HELP FOR OUR HEROES.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.[/p][/quote]How dare you two above..... our war veterans ARE A VERY SPECIAL CASE & CAUSE. You two above disgust me me beyond repugnance. Im ex military don a gun and fight for your country. Who wants your opinions? HELP FOR OUR HEROES. ImpossibleMission
  • Score: -61

9:30pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Madcowmac says...

ImpossibleMission wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.
How dare you two above.....
our war veterans ARE A VERY SPECIAL CASE & CAUSE.
You two above disgust me me beyond repugnance.
Im ex military don a gun and fight for your country.
Who wants your opinions?
HELP FOR OUR HEROES.
I'm a veteran, came out injured, you telling me they can't use the large compensation they get to help themselves
[quote][p][bold]ImpossibleMission[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.[/p][/quote]How dare you two above..... our war veterans ARE A VERY SPECIAL CASE & CAUSE. You two above disgust me me beyond repugnance. Im ex military don a gun and fight for your country. Who wants your opinions? HELP FOR OUR HEROES.[/p][/quote]I'm a veteran, came out injured, you telling me they can't use the large compensation they get to help themselves Madcowmac
  • Score: -61

11:34pm Thu 17 Jul 14

PROOFREADER says...

Jack222 wrote:
All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.
Try telling that to Colchester Borough Homes. They only want to help people 60 and over !
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.[/p][/quote]Try telling that to Colchester Borough Homes. They only want to help people 60 and over ! PROOFREADER
  • Score: -61

1:47am Fri 18 Jul 14

Boris says...

PROOFREADER wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.
Try telling that to Colchester Borough Homes. They only want to help people 60 and over !
This appears to be nothing to do with CBH. It is the government coughing up a bit of money to house wounded soldiers who need a bit of help. And about time too. The government is happy to send our soldiers off to risk death and injury to serve the nation's neo-imperialist interests. It is only right that it should do something to support them afterwards. It ought to do a lot more, but it leaves most of the responsibility to charities.
[quote][p][bold]PROOFREADER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: All people should be treated equally - war veterans are not a special case.[/p][/quote]Try telling that to Colchester Borough Homes. They only want to help people 60 and over ![/p][/quote]This appears to be nothing to do with CBH. It is the government coughing up a bit of money to house wounded soldiers who need a bit of help. And about time too. The government is happy to send our soldiers off to risk death and injury to serve the nation's neo-imperialist interests. It is only right that it should do something to support them afterwards. It ought to do a lot more, but it leaves most of the responsibility to charities. Boris
  • Score: -61

8:47am Fri 18 Jul 14

angryman!!! says...

Not all soldiers are going to come back injured. Many will leave after 22 years service on a very average wage, whilst partners are unlikely to be able get well paid jobs due to constant moving and family commitments while the army sends their other halves away constantly.
Then when they leave will not recieve the pension they signed up to thanks to the mod. They will then not have any rights to hosing as local council will say they have not been in the borough for a long enough period! Whilst some one who has not worked a day in their life will get higher priority.
So I completely disagree with the first comment. Not all cases are the same, ie someone that is disabled should be looked on more favourably.
Not all soldiers are going to come back injured. Many will leave after 22 years service on a very average wage, whilst partners are unlikely to be able get well paid jobs due to constant moving and family commitments while the army sends their other halves away constantly. Then when they leave will not recieve the pension they signed up to thanks to the mod. They will then not have any rights to hosing as local council will say they have not been in the borough for a long enough period! Whilst some one who has not worked a day in their life will get higher priority. So I completely disagree with the first comment. Not all cases are the same, ie someone that is disabled should be looked on more favourably. angryman!!!
  • Score: -61

10:50am Fri 18 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Why would any war veteran who may require continuous medical care want to settle down in Colchester after going through the hell of being injured whilst serving this country. We have some of the worst anti social behaviour, high crime rates and a hospital that's not fit for purpose in this country. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Why would any war veteran who may require continuous medical care want to settle down in Colchester after going through the hell of being injured whilst serving this country. We have some of the worst anti social behaviour, high crime rates and a hospital that's not fit for purpose in this country. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire. sam vines
  • Score: 61

11:19pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Boris says...

Amazing, every comment so far has the thumbs at either +61 or -61. Gazette, get a grip on this, or we shall lose faith in your likes and dislikes.
Amazing, every comment so far has the thumbs at either +61 or -61. Gazette, get a grip on this, or we shall lose faith in your likes and dislikes. Boris
  • Score: 2
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