Government support to Service personnel - Have your say

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  1. Have your say on how the Government supports our Service personnel.

    Service personnel and their families are being asked their views on how the Government provides healthcare, childcare, housing and other services to the current and former Armed Forces.

    In November, the Defence Secretary announced the launch of a cross-Government Service Personnel Command Paper to review the level of support given to serving personnel, their families and Veterans and to publish a coordinated strategy to improve that support.

    This will be the first ever cross-Government strategy for supporting Service personnel, families and Veterans – covering all areas of support including accommodation, medical care, education, the transition to civilian life and veterans' welfare.

    This cross-government review is led by MOD and is consulting closely with a wide variety of other Government Departments, as well as with the Charitable Sector and Service families' federations.

    It is also consulting directly with Service personnel themselves.

    The Service Personnel Command Paper team are keen to hear about the issues that are currently affecting you as a member of the armed forces, serving, reservist or veteran, or a family member (be it, parent, partner, spouse or child). In particular the team are keen to hear of your experiences of the delivery of services such as health, housing, childcare and education.

    If you would like to make a contribution to the Command Paper consultation, please send them electronically via:

    or via post to:
    Service Personnel Command Paper
    Zone M
    7th Floor
    MOD Main Building
    SW1A 2HB

    Further information can be found here.

    This information was posted by the Ministry of Defence. You can find a copy here.
  2. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    I just thought I would bump this before it disappears from the front page. After having read the TOR's for this consultation it would appear to be an opportunity to bring to light all the things which frustrate, complicate or merely don't come close to being of any use in and around service life. I would urge anyone with anything constructive to add to respond, I certainly have a list as long as my arm with regard to support services and simple things like expenses (topical!) The scope is as follows:


    The Command Paper will look at a wide range of issues that include (but not limited to):

    Accommodation: the upgrade programme for both single living and family accommodation; Local Connection legislation; Home Ownership; Key Worker schemes.

    Education: education within service, including skills for life and career transition; children’s education – schools admissions, educational attainment, special educational needs; access to education for partners.

    Medical care: primary and secondary healthcare: military ward at Birmingham and Headley Court improvements; accommodation for patients’ families; mental healthcare; medical care for reservists; priority healthcare for veterans; overseas healthcare; access to waiting lists and specialist treatment; access to NHS dentistry for families.

    Families: careers for partners; support for families while partners/spouses on operations and overseas.

    Veterans and widows welfare: compensation; pensions; care for disabled service personnel (e.g. adapted housing, disabled mobility and carer support); access to state benefits.

    BOIs/Inquests: support to families; Coroners’ Bill and inquest process;

    Pay and allowances: emerging outcomes from the Strategic Remuneration Review.

    Recruitment and retention: current trends and future challenges

    Training: Defence Training Rationalisation project and progress made in addressing the DHALI/Blake initiatives.

    Commonwealth Soldiers / Gurkhas: naturalisation; family welfare and education."

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