Introduce a Veterans Board in the Cabinet Office
Last updated: 09:20am 4 February 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.42
We will improve the co-ordination of government services to veterans, including housing, employment and mental health services, by introducing a Veterans Board in the Cabinet Office.
- veterans will face no disadvantage compared to other citizens
- special consideration is sometimes appropriate for veterans
In that context, this policy promises to introduce a Veterans Board to “improve the co-ordination of government services to veterans”.
In October 2017, the then Defence Secretary announced the creation of a cross-government Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Board, to be co-chaired by the Defence Secretary and the First Secretary of State, reporting to the Prime Minister.
At the same meeting, a new Veterans Unit was announced to “champion the changing needs of the ex-service community”, and designated ministers within each government department were allocated who will lead on veterans issues and the Armed Forces Covenant.
The promised Veterans Board has been introduced and has begun to better coordinate government services for veterans. This policy is ‘done’.
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- Armed Forces Covenant – Gov.uk
- Armed Forces Act 2011 – Gov.uk
- Defence Secretary announces Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Board – Gov.uk
- Defence Secretary launches first ever Veterans Strategy and new cross-Government Veterans Unit – Gov.uk
- The Strategy For Our Veterans – Gov.uk
- List of ministers with responsibility for covenant and veterans issues – Gov.uk
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