West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting the launch of the consultation which Labour say will see MPs and local councillors work with veterans, veterans’ charities and support groups to build a comprehensive plan to support UK forces veterans and their families.
The project has been launched after Parliament debated the Armed Forces Bill. Labour accused the government of cutting help for veterans and failing on their pledge to Forces personnel to put the Armed Forces Covenant, a charter designed to ensure Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly, fully into law.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“As a nation we have a responsibility to all of our veterans, that is why Labour is campaigning to put the Armed Forces Covenant fully into law. We will speak to veterans across the country, including in West Lancashire about their experiences, and how government can work for them.
“I have written to our local veterans groups to invite them to take part in the consultation and make their views known and tell us what more action and support they need.”
Labour’s Shadow Veteran’s Minister, Stephanie Peacock MP (Barnsley East) launching the national survey today, commented:
“We are building a comprehensive plan to improve support for our veterans and take every step we can to stop people falling through gaps in support.
“We want to make sure that every veteran can transition back into civilian life with secure, well paid work; safe affordable housing; exceptional healthcare and wellbeing support; and life-long security for them and their families.
“This survey is about listening to and working with our veterans to build a comprehensive plan and make sure that we are doing everything that we can to support them.”
You can find the survey at labour.org.uk/veterans.