The proposal will be a key part of the military covenant that Cameron has promised to enshrine in law. The covenant refers to the mutual obligations between the nation and its Armed Forces. It sets out what safeguards, rewards and compensation military personnel can expect in return for military service – and the risks and hardships that can involve.
Grant Shapps said:
“I think it’s only right that when you’ve put your life on the line for this country, out there fighting in a war zone, you should receive a hero’s welcome when you return home.Cameron is said to have been frustrated by advice given by civil servants that giving automatic priority for housing to ex-service personnel could be in breach of the Human Rights Act.
“Sadly, all too often, there is no house to come back to and that’s why we’re absolutely determined to place those who have been brave enough to put their lives on the line at the front of the housing queue.”
Last week Shapps announced that the military would be the top priority to benefit from for the FirstBuy scheme that helps first-time buyers who can't afford a large deposit to buy a new build home. He said:
“I am dispatching special housing agents to military bases and training camps as recruiting sergeants for the scheme, and we are encouraging developers to do the same. Troops will be told how they can benefit, and how they can apply to buy one of the thousands of new homes that will be made available over the next two years.”