Labour to offer jobs and care for those leaving armed forces
Andrew GriceLabour will today announce plans to improve the lives of servicemen and women when they leave the forces after research found that they cost the state more than £100m a year.
The Opposition wants the Government to ease the transition to civilian life by doing more to help veterans find new jobs and provide better healthcare. Their alcohol problems cost the state an estimated £35m annually, mental health (including post traumatic stress disorder) £26m, unemployment £21m and family breakdown £16m.
Labour argues that there is an urgent need to ensure more support for personnel who leave before clocking up four years' service, as they receive less state help than other leavers. It is urging private skills providers to offer free training to help early leavers find work or start a business. Labour says the forces should boost in-service training so personnel have more skills when they leave, and they should have access to the Government's Work Programme on “day one” after they depart.
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" Labour to offer jobs and care for those leaving armed forces", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 30/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/labour-to-offer-jobs-and-care-for-those-leaving-armed-forces