Support former members of the armed forces to move into civilian life
Last updated: 02:00pm 31 December 2018
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.42
We will support former members of the armed forces, who were willing to risk their lives for us, as they move into civilian life.
- veterans will face no disadvantage compared to other citizens
- special consideration is sometimes appropriate for veterans
The broad promise to “support” veterans as they move into civilian life is essentially a pledge to uphold the Covenant and abide by its obligations. The mechanisms by which the government intends to provide support for veterans are outlined in four related policies:
- Maintain and strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant
- Ensure that skills and qualifications gained in service are recognised by civilian employers
- One-year holiday on Employer National Insurance Contributions for firms hiring service personnel
- Introduce a Veterans Board in the Cabinet Office
One of those is ‘done’ – a Veterans Board has been established; one is ‘not started’ – there is no evidence yet of the National Insurance Contributions holiday; and the other two we have rated as ‘in progress’ – government has launched a Veterans Strategy which has “employment, education and skills” as a key theme, and efforts are ongoing to maintain and strengthen the Covenant.
The varied stages of completion of those policies mean this one can only be ‘in progress’ at best. To move it to ‘done’ we’ll need each of the related policies to reach that status first. We’ll keep monitoring, so follow this policy for updates.
Arm yourself with the facts
- The 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
- The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2018 – Gov.uk
- Armed Forces Covenant – Debate Pack – Parliament.uk
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