A new Office for Veterans’ Affairs will be set up to provide greater lifelong support for military personnel and “prevent the scourge” of veteran homelessness, Boris Johnson has said.
For the first time, veterans’ affairs will be overseen by dedicated ministers in the Cabinet Office to ensure the whole of government “pulls together” to deliver life-long support.
Oliver Dowden, the paymaster general and Cabinet Office minister, will represent the office at cabinet.
He will work closely with Johnny Mercer who has been appointed Minister for Defence People and Veterans.
The Office role will coordinate Whitehall departments in addressing the issues facing former armed services personnel, with Johnson adding that it would take responsibility for the “full gamut” of veterans’ civilian lives – from ensuring they get the medical treatment they require, to further training and skills after they have transitioned from service to keep them in good jobs.
“Oliver Dowden, Johnny Mercer, and our brand-new Office for Veterans’ Affairs will do just that,” he said.
The Office will immediately begin work to establish the structure of the new Office, reporting progress to the PM by 30th September.