Following the publication of a press release from ‘Andover Alliance’ about Standing up for VeteransTest Valley Borough Council have hit back against the ‘bold’ claims against them.

The ‘misleading’ and ‘factually incorrect’ claims are originally from a Love Andover Ltd/Andover Radio Ltd article published a few months ago, say Test Valley borough council.

Test Valley Borough Council strongly disagree with the claims at what they do for the Veteran community and the homeless community in general.

A spokesperson from Test Valley Borough Council said; “David Wood’s comments in the original article to which the Andover Alliance news release refers, were both factually incorrect and misleading. We took this up with Help 4 Homeless Veterans directly at the time and they subsequently apologised.

“We are proud of our proactive approach to preventing and tackling homelessness. Since April 2014, Test Valley Borough Council’s housing options team has prevented 114 military or former military households from becoming homeless.

“In March of 2018, the council introduced a £100,000 pilot scheme to boost frontline housing services and transform the authority’s approach to preventing and relieving homelessness. The council is currently aware of four rough sleepers in Test Valley and we are doing all we can to help them to come inside.

“The council will always do all it can for those who come to us in need, whether they are a veteran or not. We continue to actively work with any local resident who may find themselves sleeping rough and will always make emergency accommodation available to them.”

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