Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today encouraged armed service veterans to take part in Labour’s veteran survey.
The results of the survey will enable MPs and local councilors to work with veterans, veterans’ charities and support groups to build a comprehensive plan to support UK forces veterans and their families.
The consultation has been launched in 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.
In the survey, veterans are asked how supported they feel within sectors including employment, housing, social care and healthcare, as well as asking respondents questions relating to the transition process and retraining.
Commenting on the survey, Andrew Gwynne said:
“As a nation, we not only owe our armed service veterans’ enormous gratitude, but we also have a responsibility to take action and make sure they are supported both during service and afterwards.
Tameside was the first council in Greater Manchester to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and we now need to see it properly incorporated into law so that businesses and Government have a legal obligation to look after veterans and service personnel.
Labour are developing a detailed plan to support veterans, and that’s why we’ve created this survey. We want to hear first-hand what veterans are going through, and what Labour can do to facilitate a fairer future. Every veteran deserves safe and affordable housing, mental health support and access to high-quality healthcare. It is frankly unacceptable that veterans are being left to struggle for support in a country that they helped defend.”
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.”