Ex-servicemen

Defence written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many and what percentage of ex-service personnel were defined as living in absolute poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997;

(2) how many ex-service personnel were defined as living in relative poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The Government do not collect statistics on the number of ex-service personnel living in relative poverty. Veterans facing difficulties in their civilian lives have access to the free veterans helpline and the Veterans Welfare Service which provide advice and support, as well as to the UK benefits provided for those in need.

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