Ed: "We must build enough homes for our brave veterans"

Ed Barker, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Derby South, has today called on Derby Homes to build the 22 remaining houses needed in the Derby South constituency to accommodate the city's veterans.

Derby Homes has already started work on building 9 new build properties at War Memorial Village, the first time it has ever built properties for an outside agency.

But further to British Legion evidence suggesting that 9 per cent of the homeless population are veterans, Ed Barker said:

"We must build enough homes for our brave veterans.  

"Having been so instrumental in the design and construction of the properties at War Memorial Village, why can't Derby Homes go further and use some of its £15m reserves to construct properties on their own behalf in support of our city's homeless veterans?  

"We're almost a third of the way there - and there seems to be nothing stopping us from unlocking the funding and starting the planning for the next 22 immediately. 

"We should do everything we can to look after those brave service men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe."

Harvey Jennings, Chair of the trustees of War Memorial Village and a retired Army Warrant Officer, said:

"Derby Homes has helped enormously and engaged fantastically with War Memorial Village and the work that we do, particularly on our 70th anniversary.  I could not have wished for better support and I look forward to working further with Derby Homes to improve life for all of Derby's homeless veterans and to make sure we have enough homes fit for the nation's heroes."

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