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Supporting those who Serve Us

Our 2024 Manifesto highlights our top five priorities for the UK government to better support our Armed Forces community.

General Election Manifesto 2024

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Summary of recommendations

Our Manifesto calls on the next UK Government to:

  • Strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant Duty to include UK and devolved governments and cover all policy matters
  • Ensure all public bodies ask individuals whether they or an immediate family member has served in HM Armed Forces. This must be recorded and published to understand needs and provide appropriate support
  • Ensure that military compensation is never treated as an income source by means tests for welfare benefits.
  • Introduce a national protocol to provide consistent access to public services for Armed Forces families, and increase SEND support funding for service children.
  • Remove barriers for families of non-UK service personnel to stay in the UK, waiving fees for Indefinite Leave to Remain and the Minimum Income Requirement.
    • March 2024 Update: We are pleased that the Government has changed visa rules so serving personnel can bring family members born outside of the UK to join them in the country they serve.

Read Stories

Angela Campbell with Family
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Angela has been part of a military family since 2004 when she married her husband, who has recently left service after 24 years in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME). They have three children and over the last 19 years have lived in 6 different homes.

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Graham Matthews- Credit their Service
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Graham is a 67 year old Army veteran living in South Wales. He served in the Junior Leader’s Regiment (Royal Armoured Corps) and the Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales Own) between 1971 and 1977, resulting in severe PTSD.

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