Report for Veterans Aid shows reduced demand on public services and increased employment outcomes resulting from homelessness programme

7 January 2019

Veterans Aid is a charity supporting ex-servicemen and women in crisis. The organisation offers a diverse range of interventions, providing immediate, practical support to veterans who have served in HM Armed Forces who are homeless, facing homelessness or in crisis. Support is offered regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, rank or length of service.

Veterans Aid approached Pro Bono Economics to carry out an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of its work with veterans. We matched Ingrid Petrie from SYSTRA Ltd with this project, who assessed the extent to which Veterans Aid helped veterans reach improved outcomes in six key areas of support (including remaining in accommodation, tackling substance abuse, and gaining employment), as well as assessing the costs incurred 2016/17 to support veterans in the sample. The potential benefits of this work have been quantified in the form of fiscal savings to government through reduced demand on public services, increased employment income, and wider benefits to society. The study is based on data provided by Veterans Aid for a sample of 166 veterans that it supported in 2016/17 (the ‘client sample’).

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