Working to best support our brave Armed Forces veterans:

During questions to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, I raised the issue that a lack of knowledge of the Armed Forces Covenant, and of joined-up working in some cases, is one of the key barriers to veterans getting the help that they need - a challenge I have been conscious of in the past, through my work locally trying to support a number of veterans who have come to me seeking help. To that end, I further asked what more we can do to increase joined-up working and awareness between organisations such as local councils, housing providers and the NHS, to name but a few. In responding, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State said that they have been asking every council to nominate a senior councillor to be a ‘Veterans Champion’. She promised that she would personally audit this process and ensure that it does happen. She also explained that the Veterans Board - the inter-ministerial Government board - meets regularly, and they continue to collaborate on this issue. This is an issue I care very passionately about, and will continue to campaign hard for more action, help, and support for those who have done so much for each and every one of us.