Gosport MP urges support for armed forces families

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has urged other councils in the country to follow the town’s lead by helping armed forces families.

Ms Dinenage praised the support given to armed forces families in the town, particularly after the signing of an armed forces 
covenant.

Speaking in the House of Commons, she said: ‘My Gosport constituency has a very proud history of serving the armed forces and was an early adopter of the armed forces covenant.

‘While I warmly welcome the government’s efforts to encourage local authorities to prioritise local people when allocating social houses, I wonder what he is doing to encourage other local councils to make sure that forces families are not disadvantaged in this 
measure.’

Kris Hopkins, the minister responsible, replied: ‘As a former squaddy myself, I think this government can be very proud of what we’ve done.’

Mr Hopkins added the message had been sent out to local councils.