Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, has today published a report “Supporting the armed forces community with the cost of living” to mark Remembrance Day.
Taking this opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the dedication and sacrifice of service members past and present, and their families, Mr McDonald highlights the unique challenges facing this community amid the continuing cost of living crisis.
This report recommends policies to address problems faced by those who serve, as well as their families and veterans. These include good quality pay and conditions, support to assist with the impacts their service has on their personal and family life, access to reliable public services, and a decent place to live.
It is hoped the policies proposed go some way towards improving the lives of and supporting those who serve and continue to be impacted by past service, including their families.
Commenting, the SNP’s Defence Spokesperson, Stewart McDonald MP, said:
“This time of remembrance offers more than a chance to remember those our communities lost to the horror of war.”
“It is an opportunity to give thanks for the work those in uniform do and reflect on how we acknowledge the burden of service those in uniform carry to keep us safe.”
“Even before the current crisis, pay and conditions for armed forces personnel were lacking, while support services for veterans and military families have been under immense strain for some time.”
“This paper sets out a range of polices that I believe would go some way towards alleviating the effects of the cost-of-living crisis on armed forces and veterans and ensure that we can continuously enhance the support they are offered.”
“It is the duty of government to meet their willingness to serve - and take on all the sacrifices that that service entails - by delivering the quality terms, conditions, and services those in uniform should rightly expect.”
“That is a goal I believe all political parties support, and one that I am confident – even in these politically polarised times - we can all work together to achieve.”