Today’s Defence-related news includes coverage of a new housing initiative for veterans struggling with mental health issues, as well as the military support provided to Heathrow to tackle a drone incident.
Housing priorities for veterans with mental health issues
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Governmentannounced new housing priorities for veterans who are struggling with mental health issues. The new measures will place equal weighting on physical injuries with mental health, and ensure that all social housing applicants are asked to record their service, if applicable, at the outset of the process. The Sun lead the story at the front of the paper after yesterday’s announcement and it is also reported in The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
These new measures demonstrate how the Armed Forces Covenant supports the military community.
Mental health is just as important as physical fitness and it’s right that former service personnel should have priority access to housing.
Military support provided to Heathrow
The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night that it had provided specialist support to the Metropolitan Police to tackle a drone sighting at Heathrow airport. This was widely reported overnight and this morning on Broadcast and in the national papers.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
Last night at the request of the Metropolitan Police, our Armed Forces deployed to assist and support them. Our Armed Forces are always there when needed, ready to support the civilian authorities with our capabilities.