Len does not blog. But he emails. Beautifully. Using colour and other layout features. And he finds always the right people to address! Here he writes on behalf of former servicemen as he once was military, too:
Her Majesties Inspector of Constabularies
Dear Mr Winsor,
Servicemen / women: Chemical Poisoning, (Organophosates used in Gulf War One) — Brain Injury — Family and/or Criminal Court = Prison or Homelessness
Children’s Home (abused) PTSD — military PTSD++++ — Family and/or Criminal Court — PTSD +++++++++ = Prison or Homelessness
Puzzling why British Servicemen and women who served in Gulf War One are not being given fMRI Brain Scans (Functional Brain Scans)
It is not only the military that are exposed to Chemical Poisoning, many of those serving in the emergency services have been, and will be, exposed to toxic fumes from fires like the Buncefield explosions on 11 December 2005 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Centre and more recently Grenfell Tower.
Prison or Homelessness?
From: m…s @britishlegion.org.uk >
Sent: 16 February 2017 15:43
Subject: Homeless and prison statistics
Dear Mr Lawrence,
Thank you for contacting the Legion. In response to your queries, please see the information below. I hope this is helpful for your work.
How many ex- service men and women are homeless?
I have cut and pasted information from York Research – here is a link to the full document: https://www.york.ac.uk/media/chp/documents/2014/VETERANS%20REPORT_2014_WEB.pdf
|Meeting the Housing and Support Needs of Single Veterans …
Meeting the housing and support needs of single veterans in Great Britain . x . What current policy initiatives are in place to support homeless veterans in Great …
‘The absolute numbers of veterans utilising generic housing and homelessness services were relatively low and typically represented a small proportion of the services’ total users. This was particularly the case for the number of veterans accepted under the homelessness legislation in England, Scotland and Wales, for example, 58 veterans were accepted as homeless in England in 2013 because they were vulnerable due to having served in the Armed Forces (representing 0.11% of total acceptances). However, it should be emphasised that these categories are very specific and narrowly defined, so great numbers would not be expected. Higher numbers of veterans were utilising generic accommodation and housing related services, including:
- Just over 2,500 people (most of whom were single) entering Supporting People services were veterans in 2013/14 (1.8% of all new clients).
- Just over 1,000 single veterans (with just under 500 homeless at the time) accessed new social housing lets (CORE general needs statistics) in the first three quarters of 2013/14 (less than 1% of all lets).’
Statistics for London homeless veterans
The Ex-Service Action Group commissioned research by York University in 2008 that estimated the number of homeless veterans in London was 6% – please see the Legion briefing on homelessness from a few years ago https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/media/2283/litrev_ukvetshomelessness.pdf . More recent research in 2013/14 suggested this figure was 3% – please see the report here https://www.york.ac.uk/media/chp/documents/2014/VETERANS%20REPORT_2014_WEB.pdf – despite this homelessness figure reducing, the research suggests that veterans are overrepresented in experiencing the most severe and enduring types of homelessness – hence they more likely to sleep rough and be homeless for longer (despite absolute numbers being relatively low).
|Literature review: UK veterans and homelessness
The Royal British Legion www.britishlegion.org.uk Literature review: UK veterans and homelessness Executive Summary There is quite a significant body of research on …
How many ex-servicemen are in prison?
There are several pieces of research that estimate how many of the ex-service/ veteran community come into contact with the CJS in England and Wales. It is however clear that the ex-service community make up a small but significant percentage of the prison population. Home Office research in 2001, 2003 and 2004 found that veterans made up six, four and five per cent of the prison population, respectively[i]. In a more comprehensive study, the MOD and MOJ in 2009/10 estimated that male ex-service personnel constituted around 3.5% of the prison population[ii]. More recently the HM Inspectorate of Prisons published findings from a 2012-13 survey of 4,731 adult male prisoners, which found that within high security prisons and category B training prisons, 13% of prisoners identified themselves as veterans[iii]. Although the figures differ in their proportions, it is reasonable to estimate the lower figures may underestimate the ex-service population numbers due to inconsistencies in veteran identification in prison .
i UK veterans and the criminal justice system, The Royal British Legion, 2011
ii Defence Analytical Services and Advice (2009), Estimating the proportion of prisoners in England and Wales who are ex-Armed Forces; a data matching exercise carried out
by the MOD in collaboration with the MoJ.
iii HM Inspectorate of prisons (2014), People in prison: Ex-service personnel
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[i] UK veterans and the criminal justice system, The Royal British Legion, 2011
[ii] Defence Analytical Services and Advice (2009), Estimating the proportion of prisoners in England and Wales who are ex-Armed Forces; a data matching exercise carried out by the MOD in collaboration with the MoJ.
[iii] HM Inspectorate of prisons (2014), People in prison: Ex-service personnelacross all stages ofecognise a sng the term “eeds consistency.ant. But I know you’tion or on the first night – with