GB News: Patrick Christys discusses housing military veterans
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GB News viewers were split after presenter Patrick Christys questioned why people in the UK appeared to prioritise resettling Afghan refugees but choosing to ignore the thousands of homeless veterans on the streets. In his monologue, Mr Christys was confused why councils were able to find housing for refugees across the country with barracks being refitted to hold Afghans but former servicemen struggled to get the same support. Viewers were split on the topic as several began arguing the UK could quite easily house both but the situation with veterans was more complicated than Mr Christys was making out.
Speaking on GB News, Mr Christys did admit that rehousing both veterans and refugees should be done but that there was a greater desire to rehouse Afghans over military veterans.
He began his monologue by saying: “As we prepare to open our country’s arms to Afghans fleeing the Taliban, local councils are scrambling around to find room for them.
“According to Whitehall sources, the average size of an Afghan family is around seven people, the largest so far is reportedly 12.
“Loads of people have been asking where do they all go, some of the solutions to this dilemma include building new homes for them, councils renting private properties, or even buying new properties.
“In fact, there’s even talk of retaining former military accommodation that was about to be sold off.
“Now I find all of this a little bit strange because there are roughly 7000 homeless military veterans currently lining the streets of Britain and supposedly councils haven’t got the resources or the accommodation to house them.
“I just don’t think that’s true, I think they just haven’t got the will or the desire to house our veterans, Have a think about this, we have supposedly already resettled 2,000 Afghan refugees, so they’re already in accommodation either permanently or in quarantine hotels.
“We’re about to accept another 5,000 this year, that ladies and gentlemen is 7,000 people, the same number of homeless military veterans that we currently have.”
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Mr Christys said he did not want to “put military veterans against Afghan refugees” but was angry councils were telling veterans they could not help them.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said 5,000 Afghans would be resettled in the UK this year with a total of 20,000 being resettled over the next few years.
Viewers were split on the debate and voiced their concerns online.
One supportive voice said: “You voiced exactly what I have been thinking! Our own people that need help get labelled lazy and ignorant but this is just a veil to ignore their needs.
“We need to prioritise our own and maybe the answer is that the Afghans initially stay in hostels as our own do.”
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But one critic added: “We have at least 285,000 empty properties in the UK, only 6 percent of the roughly 2,500 rough sleepers are veterans, so as the 5th largest economy on the planet is your conjecture that we can’t home veterans and refugees?”
Another viewer said there were complications with veterans who may be suffering from mental health problems.
They said: “Some of the homeless veterans have complex issues hence they are homeless.
“Just giving them accommodation won’t necessarily help. What they need is wrap-around support when leaving the forces, not just months but years.”
Another agreed and said: “To compare the two distinctively different circumstances is just crass and simply trying to create conflict. The UK should be undertaking both activities, it is not a one or the other scenario.
“Ex-forces need long-term support and better integration.”
One disgruntled viewer simply added: “This sort of lowbrow shock jock stuff isn’t what I want from GB News.”
The Mirror reported earlier this month that some veterans are being “badly let down” by the benefits system that they have been forced to visit food banks.
They say many do not qualify to receive support and so are left living in poverty.
The paper added 90 percent of veterans who try to claim Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are rejected, according to military charities.
Councils across the UK have already begun taking in refugees with Manchester taking over a thousand alone.
However, some local councils have rejected taking in Afghans are they are concerned about the housing situation.
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