LGA responds to Defence Committee Report into Armed Forces support 'shortcomings'

“In order to adequately meet the needs of veterans and prevent the need for longer-term support, the Ministry of Defence and other partners need to work with councils before, during and after the transition of service personnel into civilian life."


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Responding to the Defence Committee’s annual Armed Forces Report, which catalogued a suite of concerns surrounding support for veterans and the armed forces community, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community and Wellbeing Board, said:

“There are more than two million veterans in households living in England and Wales who often face significant barriers to accessing vital local services.

“Armed Forces serving personnel, veterans and their families are valued members of local communities which is why every single council signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and works hard to provide a range of services to support them, including housing, money advice, employment support and health and wellbeing services.

“In order to adequately meet the needs of veterans and prevent the need for longer-term support, the Ministry of Defence and other partners need to work with councils before, during and after the transition of service personnel into civilian life.

“Our veterans deserve the best support. Councils need long-term, adequate funding from the Government so they can ensure that they receive just that.”

Notes to editors

Delivering the Armed Forces Covenant Locally report