Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed an enormous boost to service personnel and their families.
The Service Personnel Command Paper – “The Nation’s Commitment: Cross-Government Support to our Armed Forces, their Families and Veterans” introduces a wide range of measures to make practical differences every day lives of members of the Armed Forces and their families.
o The top level tariffs in the Armed Forces Compensation scheme will be doubled
o Priority access to adapted social housing for our most seriously injured people;
o Free additional education up to first degree level for service leavers after six years of service;
o Ensuring that our people and their families retain their places on NHS waiting lists when they move;
o Closing gaps in childcare provision; and
o Ending disadvantage in accessing schools places for service children.
David Hanson said
“Our armed forces are the best in the world. Every day they are risking their lives while their families are at home coping with the pressures of every day life alone
“As a government, have a fundamental duty to look after them and their families. In the last two years there have been improvements in the level the support and welfare available– but there is always more that we can do.
“The Command Paper brings together proposals from across government to support our armed forces, their families and veterans. Two fundamental principles underpin it.
First, we must end the disadvantage created by military lifestyle – where for example being ordered to move you and your family could mean losing your place on a waiting list. And secondly, we must recognise that at times it is right and necessary to give special treatment either to remove disadvantage that might have build up over decades, or to recognise sacrifice, for example those seriously injured.
“I welcome these proposals and I will be working to ensure they are implemented.”