Stephanie Peacock MP, Shadow Minister for Veterans, has criticised the Government for failing to offer adequate support for veterans in their new ‘Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan’.
Whilst Labour have committed to a £35 million boost in funding for veterans’ mental health, the Governments new plan offers no new funding in this area.
The veterans’ new plan also claims to offer a number of initiatives to help veterans into employment.
However, since the last strategy, the Government have silently halved support for veterans in Jobcentres, reducing their ‘Armed Forces Champions’ target from 100 to 50.
Ms Peacock criticised the lack of support available, commenting:
“Veterans have been failed repeatedly by the Government; mental health waiting times remain stubbornly high, veterans housing services are warning of a ‘significant’ risk of collapse, and veterans born outside the UK are still being charged thousands to stay in the country after service.
“If we can afford to send our military personnel on active service, we can afford to look after them when they return home. The Government can and must do better.”