Gemma Doyle MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Minister, commenting on the publication of the annual Armed Forces Covenant Report, said:
“There is a significant gap between what ministers say at the despatch box and what is happening on the ground.
“The Government’s continuing failure to properly test its policies against the Armed Forces Covenant left our troops’ mums and dads getting bills for the Bedroom Tax while their sons and daughters were serving overseas
“Ministers can’t say whether veterans are being referred for priority NHS treatment and have no way of measuring what resources local authorities require to meet their obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant.
“Labour has called for an audit of what local authorities are being asked to do and what resources they are being given to do it. That will tell us what is happening on the ground, and I’m pleased that service charities have supported our call.”
“Labour has pledged to make the Armed Forces Covenant central to its mission in office, so that our brave servicemen and women, veterans and their families receive the treatment and service that they deserve.”