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Written Statement – Support for the Armed Forces in Wales

Alun Davies, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government & Public Services

I am publishing my assessment of the benefits and value of appointing an Armed Forces Commissioner for Wales.  This follows my commitment during Plenary on 29 November, to meet with the Cross-Party Group for Armed Forces and Cadets and make an informed decision following the meeting.

Having met with the Cross-Party Group and considered the work being undertaken in Wales, and across the UK and beyond, I set out my decision below;

A tremendous amount of progress has been made in Wales over the last two years. Working closely with the Armed Forces Expert Group, we have delivered on key areas including;

  • Revision and promotion of the Package of Support for the Armed Forces community, and the development of the Welcome to Wales document for serving personnel and their families.
  • Armed Forces free swimming scheme.
  • A Housing Referral Pathway and Code of Guidance for Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness – this provides early assistance to veterans at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Total disregard of War Disablement Pension for veterans accessing social care.
  • Further financial support to Veterans NHS Wales to alleviate waiting lists and increase capacity to treat veterans with mental health issues.
  • Revision of the Healthcare Priority for Veterans Guidance.
  • Support for veterans in the criminal justice system.

The work of the Armed Forces Expert Group has been at the forefront of this.  Unique to Wales, it provides a collective voice and platform to identify and deliver services and support for our Armed Forces community.

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