Positive Futures – getting transition right in Scotland
Housing is a top concern for Service leavers and while we’ve seen improvements across many aspects of transitioning from the Armed Forces to civvy street, including housing, there is scope to do more. Most veterans will make a smooth transition, however acting now could help avert those especially vulnerable to a failed transition from entering a cycle of homelessness and the knock-on effects of that.
The Commissioner’s Positive Futures work is about ensuring that we have in place the right support towards a positive destination rather than just any destination so that all veterans can reach their full potential on civvy street. The benefits of ‘a good transition’ reach far beyond individuals themselves.
Our communities, employers and society in general all benefit when veterans transition well. The challenge for government and society is to set the right conditions for a seamless transition, where individual needs and aspirations can be supported flexibly and consistently. To get this right, transition services and support processes need to be integrated, flexible and built around the individual. Scotland has the capability of delivering this approach, which aligns with the Scottish Government’s ambitions for its wellbeing economy.
Each report contains recommendations for government aimed at securing more positives outcomes for our veterans and their families who choose to settle in Scotland.