The Government has outlined pledges to the Armed Forces in the Queen’s Speech.
According to a release, the Government say they have promised to further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant in law, and bring forward proposals to tackle vexatious claims.
The Government will also maintain its commitment to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence every year of this Parliament.
Other commitments include:
- The introduction of a Veteran’s railcard
- A guaranteed job interview for veterans for any public sector role they apply for where they possess the minimum job requirements
- Reducing the Employer’s NICs contribution for those employing veterans
- Providing additional childcare support to those currently serving
- Protecting Armed Forces personnel from tax rises in Scotland, where income tax is devolved to Holyrood
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“The interests of the men and women of our armed forces are at the heart of this government. That is why we are continuing to invest above inflation every year to meet our NATO commitments.
Beyond this unwavering commitment, I’m pleased we will be bringing forward vital legislation that will put an end to the dogged pursuit of personnel and veterans from repeated investigations resulting from vexatious claims.
We’ll also further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law. This will be essential to ensure we minimise any disadvantage faced by the military community because of the sacrifices they make for this country.”