Help for Heroes is encouraged by the specific measures outlined in the Budget which will support veterans with their transition back into civilian life. In particular, we welcome the extra £10 million of additional funds to support veterans with mental health needs (to be distributed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust), and that the Government will deliver on its promise to reduce National Insurance contributions for employers if they employ ex-Service personnel.
Our ex-Service men and women have many transferable skills and deserve fulfilling career prospects: they receive training to operate and maintain some of the most sophisticated equipment; have worked in the most demanding conditions, and understand how to work as part of a team.
The reduction in National Insurance contributions for veteran employers follows a pledge in the Government’s manifesto to support ex-Service personnel and will come into effect from April 2021. It also follows on from the recent announcement that veterans are to be guaranteed interviews for some civil service jobs: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-delivers-on-promise-to-veterans-announcing-guaranteed-interviews-for-government-jobs
It is our belief that our nation’s heroes deserve one less battle to fight and securing paid employment goes a long way to ensure they and their families can live a secure, healthy life with purpose.
In the meantime, we recognise that gaps remain in the support available for wounded, injured and sick veterans. Help for Heroes will push for additional special measures to help these individuals in the workplace and we will continue our ask of the Government to commission an independent review of the medical discharge process: https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/media/yenp2mov/2019_0053-medical-discharge-policy-paper-v3.pdf