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Shadow Armed Forces Minister responds to newly published details of Armed Forces Bill

Stephen Morgan MP has responded to new details published today of the provisions within the government’s Armed Forces Bill.

The Bill is set focus on ‘fairness’ of treatment for Service Personnel, veterans and their families.

This comes following reports last year of apparent substandard accommodation and food facilities for those service personnel on the frontline of UK COVID-19 efforts, as well as some veterans and their families being evicted from their homes after the government cancelled a private housing contract.

Responding to the news, the Shadow Armed Forces Minister said:

“Labour of course welcomes any legislation that seeks to enhance and protect the welfare of our service personnel and veterans – and we will look at the detail of this Bill as it emerges.

“The government’s focus of this Bill is that personnel, veterans and their families are treated with ‘fairness’, but the sad irony is the government would fall far short of its own tests in this Bill.

“With reports this year of apparent inadequate accommodation and food facilities for our service personnel on the frontline of the UK COVID-19 efforts, or the news of veterans’ families being evicted from their homes after a failed private housing contract, this must now change.

“We stand firmly behind our Armed Forces and will press the government to ensure that the Covenant delivers for every member of our service personnel and their families, regardless of their circumstances.”