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Veterans: Social Security Benefits

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 151105, tabled on 7 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on improving ex-service personnel's access to support, benefits and work.

Answered on

14 June 2018

I regularly meet my counterpart from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to discuss these issues. Veterans' access to support, benefits and work is being considered as part of the Veterans Strategy. The strategy is owned by the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board of which the DWP are members, and is co-chaired by the Defence Secretary. The DWP already have Armed Forces Covenant champions in each Job Centre Plus district and veterans' employment levels are on a par with national averages, and better for those Service leavers who use the Ministry of Defence's Career Transition Partnership.