Belfast Telegraph

Not harnessing potential of forces veterans 'dereliction of duty'

Oliver Dowden, the Paymaster General and Cabinet Office Minister, will work closely with Johnny Mercer to represent veterans
Oliver Dowden, the Paymaster General and Cabinet Office Minister, will work closely with Johnny Mercer to represent veterans

Veterans will be represented in Cabinet under plans set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Oliver Dowden, the Paymaster General and Cabinet Office Minister, will be given the role.

He will work closely with former soldier Johnny Mercer, who has been appointed Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

They will oversee a new Office of Veterans' Affairs to coordinate Whitehall departments in addressing the challenges facing former armed forces personnel.

Mr Johnson said: "The brave men and women who serve in our military truly represent the pinnacle of British character.

"We are rightly admired throughout the world for our armed forces, and it is a stain on our national conscience that any veteran who has served should be abandoned by the country they have fought so courageously to protect.

"It is absolutely right that the Government should do all it can to support our armed forces from the day they enlist and for the rest of their lives.

"Veterans have given so much to the UK. They have so much to offer our workplaces and wider society and it would be a dereliction of duty not to harness that potential."

The newly created Office for Veterans' Affairs inside the Cabinet Office will be staffed by officials from the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence.

Mr Mercer's ministerial role is a joint MoD and Cabinet Office post.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph