Veterans’ Access to Support Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22 October 2018.

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Photo of Gerald Jones Gerald Jones Shadow Minister (Defence) 12:00, 22 October 2018

As we approach Remembrance Week, we pay tribute to all those veterans who have served Queen and country, as well as those personnel still serving.

Many of the support services that veterans rely on are delivered by local authorities, but councils across the country have faced deep cuts in recent years, with the Local Government Association estimating that in England alone they will face a funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025. There is a similar picture in devolved nations, due to cuts to the block grant. Bearing in mind the vital role that local authorities play in supporting our veterans, will the Secretary of State join me in urging the Chancellor to rule out any further cuts to local authorities in his Budget next week?