Tomorrow (Saturday 26 June) marks Armed Forces Day. This year the day falls against a backdrop of uncertainty for our veterans and current service personnel as the Armed Forces Bill passes through Parliament. Last year the Labour Party launched ‘Labour Friends of the Forces’ and this year stands firmly behind our Armed Forces, campaigning for:
- - The Armed Forces Covenant to be fully enshrined in law,
- - a duty of care from MoD to provide veterans with better legal and mental health support,
- - better rights to compensation when injured overseas,
- - a three-year national insurance holiday for companies employing veterans,
- - improved Armed Forces housing stock and better access to social housing options.
To find out more about the work of Labour Friends of the Forces visit their website: https://www.labourforces.org/
This year in response to the Armed Forces Bill, and the build up to Armed Forces Day Labour have set up a survey to find out what support is needed to help service men and women transition back into civilian life. If you have served in the Armed Forces or are currently serving, please take a moment to fill out the short survey here: https://action.labour.org.uk/page/84779/data/1
Jon Cruddas MP said: “The community across Dagenham and Rainham has a proud and celebrated service history. Armed Forces Day provides us with a chance to remember and thank those who have served, are serving, and the families of service personnel whose loved ones make huge sacrifices to keep Britain safe every day.
“The pandemic has also been a reminder of our Armed Forces continual value to society. From setting up test centres to delivering PPE, they were on hand to support the nation. The Tories talk up their support for our forces, but now it falls on Labour to ensure they deliver.”