LGBT Veterans Independent Review

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 7 February 2024.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the LGBT Veterans Independent Review, published on 19 July 2023.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the LGBT Veterans Independent Review, including the financial award scheme. Defence continues to work at pace across Government to deliver the intent behind the report’s recommendations, and as of 1 February 2024, 26 of the 49 recommendations have already been made available.

Defence encourages those affected to register their interest in applying for restorative measures by completing the application form available on the following page: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/lgbt-veterans-support-and-next-steps. Such registrations of interest will enable us to learn more about the affected community and thereby design the most suitable scheme possible.

There is and has been extensive engagement with Fighting with Pride at official and Ministerial level. Defence will continue to engage with LGBT veterans as plans for the financial award progress and is committed to providing updates on the development of the scheme; eligibility criteria; and information on the application process at the above-mentioned page.

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