The latest annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant has been published.
It outlines how the Government has been fulfilling its responsibility to ensure members of the military community are not disadvantaged as a result of their service.
Key elements from the report include:
- The creation of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs to co-ordinate and drive Government activity to support veterans.
- Introduction of flexible service allowing regular personnel to temporarily work part time.
- 1000 new signings of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2019, taking the total of signatories to more than 4000, and a record number of Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards.
- Approximately £5 million of funding for the Department of Work and Pensions to bolster the role of its Armed Forces Champions across the country.
- The Armed Forces Covenant will be further incorporated into law over the course of this Parliament. The legislation will seek to strengthen current arrangements to remove disadvantage and improve the consistency of Covenant outcomes for the Armed Forces community.
- The Scottish Government in partnership with NHS Scotland and Combat Stress will continue to provide funding of £1.4 million per year until 2021 for the Specialist Mental Health Services and Veterans First Point Network.
The full report is available to download and read from the Government website by clicking here: Gov.uk website