AM welcomes Updated Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community

Ann Jones, Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, has warmly welcomed the introduction of an updated package of support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales.

The Minister with responsibility for the Armed Forces in Wales, Lesley Griffiths announced the updated measures for the Package of Support, which sets out the Welsh Government’s commitments to the Armed Forces Community in Wales on devolved matters such as health, housing and education.

Following consultation with the Royal British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association, the Veterans Welfare Service and the Family Federations, the new package includes new commitments such as:

  • The introduction of a unified pathway for veterans’ mental health and veteran mental health clinical networks.

 

  • The introduction of a Standing Committee for Service Children in Schools in Wales

 

  • Continued disregard of the War Pension Scheme under new Council Tax Reduction Schemes.

 

Mrs Jones said: “We all owe a great deal of gratitude to our Armed Forces, past and present. Service personnel from across Wales make huge sacrifices on a daily basis.

“In Wales there are estimated to be at least a quarter of a million members of the Armed Forces Community and the I am very pleased that the Welsh Government has committed itself to increasing the support we provide to them and to ensuring nobody is disadvantaged as a result of their service”.