Veterans: Railways

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for the HM Forces Railcard to include armed forces veterans.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a separate railcard for those veterans who do not qualify for existing railcards.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The Government recognises the commitment which the Armed Forces Community has made to our country and will continue to strive to look after their best interests. There are eight available national railcards, including the Disabled Person Railcard and 26-30 Railcard, which veterans are eligible to apply for if they meet the relevant criteria. All of them offer discounted travel. Transport for London also offers free or discounted travel for veterans in receipt of ongoing payments under the War Pensions Scheme and those who receive Guaranteed Income Payments under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

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