On 14 November 2018, the UK Government published ‘The Strategy for our Veterans’ - a wide ranging UK Veterans Strategy setting out the principles and aims of support for the veteran community for the next ten years.
Alongside the Strategy, the national and devolved governments of the UK, Scotland and Wales consulted through to mid-February 2019 on how the aims and principles of the strategy can be implemented.
We have formed an organisational response to the consultation, drawing on existing research, UK-wide focus groups and an online survey of Legion members and supporters.
Our response to the UK Government explores the cross-cutting factors and key themes in detail. Where possible we have included recommendations for the Government on how support provision for veterans, and others in the community where they came within scope, could be practically and tangibly improved.
Additionally, we highlighted the following recommendations as priorities:
Over the course of the consultation period, we undertook ten focus groups and involved members of the Armed Forces community, sector partners and Legion members.
Additionally, we encouraged members, supporters and those we help to respond to the consultation in an independent capacity through an online survey which mirrored the consultation documents and also direced them to the Ministry of Defence consultation website.
We were delighted to receive over 100 responses to the survey which fed into our response. Thank you to all those who took part in this important exercise.
Further details on all the our recommendations can be found in the full response in the PDF below.
The UK Government consultation on The Strategy for Our Veterans closed on 21 February 2019.
It is expected that the Government will consider the submissions it has received in order to publish a response in early summer 2019.
We will continue to engage with the Government where we can to follow up on the recommendations provided.