Chris Elmore MP has urged the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to work with the Treasury to ensure that support for veterans is still available during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Forces.net, one in ten Armed Forces charities believe that they will have to close within the next year as a result of the pandemic.
Veterans’ Minister Johnny Mercer MP had previously announced £6 million in funding for Armed Forces charities, but with a sector that largely relies on fundraising events for income, there are worries that this will not be enough.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Our Services personnel have truly gone above and beyond what is expected of them during this pandemic. From supporting the logistical efforts, to building hospitals and even learning to drive ambulances, our military have performed remarkably.
“Sadly, many of our veterans do rely on support from charities both during their service and upon leaving. We cannot be left in a situation where this support is withdrawn, and nothing is there to fill the gap.
“I welcome the news of the £6 million in funding, but I am concerned that this will not be enough to support charities to continue their vitally important work in our communities.
“Our servicemen and women deserve to know that if they find themselves in need of help, it will be there for them”.