Service Complaints Commissioner’s 2012 Annual Report is damaging and damning – Jim Murphy MP

Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the Service Complaints Commissioner’s 2012 Annual Report, said:

“This is a damaging and damning report. Military justice is essential to upholding the Armed Forces Covenant. Too many of our Forces are being let down by an inadequate complaints procedure.

“Delay and backlogs are too common in the military justice system. It is time for reform to introduce independent scrutiny of service complaints by creating an Armed Forces Ombudsman.

“Respecting the chain of command’s decision-making role, service personnel should have the opportunity to open and accountable justice. Cost-neutral reform can be achieved though simplification of the present system and creation of a more powerful Ombudsman.

“Consistent recommendations for change are being overlooked by Ministers and it is time the Government took action.”

The full report can be read here.

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