The first regional armed forces covenant outside London will be signed in a bid to break down barriers for former service men and women, Steve Rotheram MP has announced.
Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate for the Liverpool City Region has today committed to signing the covenant and tackling some of the problems veterans face by working with Local Authorities and veterans’ groups.
The Walton MP will set up a working group in an attempt to lobby Government to work more collaboratively to better meet the needs of people who have served the UK on issues such as housing, health, schools and employment.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
Speaking about the pledge, Steve Rotheram MP said:
“The Liverpool City Region has proportionately one of the strongest veteran and armed forces communities. That’s why getting a fair deal for the brave men and women who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, is a priority in my manifesto. I know people across Merseyside and Halton also recognise their efforts.
“The Government says it is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the covenant. I intend to play my part in holding them to the covenant and joining things up at a City Region level. One of the key issues to help planning for veterans is for local services to know how many former forces personnel are in the area, yet central Government is still very poor at sharing this type of data. That is something I will be seeking to change.
“If elected as Metro Mayor, I will ensure our City Region is the first outside of London to sign the armed forces covenant so that I can work alongside Local Authorities to push this Government to commit to ensure there are better jobs and housing opportunities available, together with the right health and education provision.”