On a visit to the Welsh Veteran’s Partnership’s “Coming Home Project” development in Cardiff, Nia Griffith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, praised the project as a model that should be recreated across the UK.
The “Coming Home Project” aims to provide affordable housing for veterans. The first development has been delivered together with Trivallis and Cardiff City Council and has provided 16 homes for veterans and their families in Cardiff Bay.
The MP for Llanelli, who is Labour’s spokeswoman on defence, was joined on the visit by Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth. Of the visit, Nia said: “This is a fantastic initiative by the Welsh Veterans Project and I applaud Cardiff City Council, Trivallis and all those who have come together to make the Coming Home Project a reality.
“It is vital that we support our servicemen and women not only when they’re serving in the Forces, but also in their transition back into civilian life, and having a good quality, affordable home is key to that. Wales is leading the way in housing solutions for veterans, and I hope that this can provide a blueprint for other similar projects across the nation, and the wider UK”.
Stephen Doughty MP, whose constituency the Coming Home Project is in, said:
“Making sure our brave men and women who serve and have served this country are properly housed is a basic duty. As Vice Chair of the Army group in Parliament I have visited service men and women and veterans up and down the country and housing is one of their top concerns.
“Whilst the Tories have overseen 7 years of failure to address the housing crisis in England, Welsh Labour are taking on the issue in Wales and showing the positive impact we can have, and Cardiff Labour is building new homes here.
“The Labour Government in Wales has been leading from the front with innovative housing solutions, investing to build 20,000 new homes in a sustainable way by 2020 and their pioneering strategy to prevent homelessness has now been replicated in England”.
You can find out more about the Welsh Veterans Partnership here.