I’M sure everyone across South Lakeland would agree that our armed forces do an amazing job in some of the toughest conditions imaginable.

The brave men and women in our army, navy and Royal Air Force guarantee our security, wherever the threat comes from.

This is why I welcome the news that the government is to prioritise social housing for veterans suffering from mental health conditions, ensuring that our armed forces get the vital help needed.

The Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, has announced that former service personnel suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will be prioritised for social housing.

As Mr Brokenshire has said, we have a duty to ensure our heroic military personal get the support they need when applying for a social home.

Under the plans, those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health illnesses could be treated in the same way as those with physical injuries.

And while the vast majority of veterans thrive in civilian life, there are those who do struggle as a result of serving on the front line, whether finding a job or getting on the property ladder, which is why this commitment to them is so important.

Councillor James Airey

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale