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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Veterans: Advisory Services (27 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The Office for Veterans' Affairs has conducted extensive research with veterans and charities to understand the current service provided by the Veterans' Gateway. Based on the feedback received, we plan to improve information and content on GOV.UK as well as developing a new comprehensive signposting tool, ensuring veterans receive the right help as quickly as possible. We plan to regularly...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Office for Veterans' Affairs: Standards (27 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The Office for Veterans' Affairs works with partners across and beyond government to monitor the effectiveness and impact of the commitments outlined in the Veterans' Strategy Action Plan. Since the publication of the Action Plan in 2022, the Government has published four updates on progress; two six monthly reports in August 2022 and August 2023, and two updates within the Armed Forces...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Veterans: Homelessness (27 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The Office for Veterans’ Affairs’ definition of homelessness is in line with the Government’s definition of homelessness. Statutory homelessness is defined as households or individuals who are owed a homelessness duty by a local authority.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Veterans: Housing (26 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: This Government is committed to supporting all veterans with securing appropriate accommodation. In 2023, we launched Op FORTITUDE, the dedicated referral scheme for veterans facing homelessness and rough sleeping, which is part of a broader £8.55 million of funding for specialist help and wrap-around support for veterans in more than 900 supported housing units. This is in addition to...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Veterans (19 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: This Government has conducted extensive research with veterans and charities to improve the offer to the veteran community. As a result of this feedback, we will improve access to guides and information by working with the Ministry of Defence and stakeholders to dramatically improve the information on GOV.UK. This will make content more accessible and easier to understand. We also plan to...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Veterans (19 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: This Government is committed to making sure that all veterans have equal opportunities and can access valuable, sustainable careers, including in the Civil Service, after they leave the Armed Forces. There are a range of Civil Service recruitment initiatives for veterans, offering a fulfilling career in public service which makes the most of the skills and capability they have to offer. Over...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Veterans: Employment Schemes (15 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: Veterans’ employment is at an all-time high, with 89% of those leaving service finding employment within six months. This Government's £700,000 Veterans’ Career Development Fund aims to build on that, increasing the provision and enhancing access to qualifications, training and skills development for veterans and their families across the UK. The grant seeks to support veterans of...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Veterans (13 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: Regular updates on a range of veteran specific initiatives, including Going Forward into Employment, are published as part of the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan 6 monthly report and in the Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Annual Report. The latest updates report that over 200 veterans have been employed in the Civil Service through Going Forward into Employment, and over 1,000 Civil...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Refugees: Afghanistan ( 5 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The UK has made an ambitious and generous commitment to help at-risk people in Afghanistan and, so far, we have brought around 24,600 people to safety, including over 21,600, people eligible for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) schemes, as of September 2023. The Government is committed to relocating all eligible persons who...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Veterans ( 1 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: There are a range of Civil Service recruitment initiatives for veterans, offering a fulfilling career in public service which makes the most of the skills and capability they have to offer. Over 1,000 veterans to date have secured a job in the Civil Service through the ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans’ initiative and a further 200 veterans have been recruited through the 'Going Forward...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Independent Review of UK Government Welfare Services for Veterans ( 1 Mar 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The Government remains committed to ensuring that our welfare services for veterans are fit for purpose. This is why the response to the Welfare Services Review was published on 11 December 2023, and included commitments on taking forward the intentions of the recommendations. Work is already underway in both the Office for Veterans’ Affairs and Ministry of Defence, and with stakeholders...

Cabinet Office: Veteran ID Cards (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: To date, we have received over 70,000 applications. We are committed to ensuring that as many veterans as possible know how to apply for a card: we have launched a national promotional campaign to raise awareness of the card’s availability, and over the next few months, we will continue to work with the charity sector and others to ensure as many people as possible know about the card and...

Cabinet Office: Veteran ID Cards (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: A significant program of work is going on at the moment to make sure everyone is aware of the card. This has been the No. 1 ask of the major six military charities in this country for some time, and I encourage everybody who is eligible—who has served and is a veteran—to apply for their veteran ID card, which opens up a whole gamut of services. We have completely transformed what it means...

Cabinet Office: Veteran ID Cards (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: I do not have those figures to hand, but Northern Ireland traditionally has a higher representation of service personnel. I was in Northern Ireland two weeks ago, and I was impressed with some of the services, but to be honest, Northern Ireland is not where I want it to be in terms of veterans’ affairs. We are looking at all options for how the Office for Veterans’ Affairs can really lean...

Cabinet Office: Veteran ID Cards (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The ID card is the first phase in a multi-phase operation to ensure that that objective can be achieved, alongside a whole load of other objectives. The challenge is digitising 13 million veterans’ records to ensure that we have an accurate picture of veterans. Getting the ID card out was the first phase, but of course, the ambition is to ensure that the card is used for all sorts of...

Cabinet Office: Veteran Cards: Devon and Cornwall (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The Office for Veterans’ Affairs and the Ministry of Defence launched a new service in January to allow veterans to apply for their cards. Since then, 1,259 veterans have applied from Cornwall and 2,793 from Devon.

Cabinet Office: Veteran Cards: Devon and Cornwall (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: That is a good question and I cannot emphasise this point enough. Obviously, this is my responsibility as the veterans Minister, but it is also the nation’s duty to look after these people. We need local authorities to understand what is available to look after these people. We have armed forces champions in local authorities now and I want to see that role taken seriously. There are...

Cabinet Office: Veterans: Cost of Living (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: The Government have successfully reduced inflation by more than half, which will make the cost of living more affordable for veterans along with every other resident in the United Kingdom. We are also getting support directly to those who need it with the £104 billion cost of living package, worth an average of £3,700 a household. In addition, the Government are providing £33 million over...

Cabinet Office: Veterans: Cost of Living (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: It is important in this place that we do not misrepresent what other Members say. I very clearly said that service personnel who receive subsidised accommodation should not be using food banks. There is no requirement for them to do it, and that is not appropriate. That is what I have said. I have obviously never said that food banks are a personal choice. This is a real opportunity to come...

Cabinet Office: Veterans: Cost of Living (29 Feb 2024)

Johnny Mercer: I spend my entire life visiting veterans who consistently raise with me the help that they get. There are plenty of places for them to go to, whether it is the Royal British Legion or others, that have specific grants. On top of that, the Government have put in an enormous package of help for citizens across the United Kingdom of £104 billion. That is £3,700 a household, and that is just...


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