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Time to stop Armed Forces charity scams and support our veterans says Gordon

Gordon is calling for more scrutiny of veterans charities following an Armed Forces roundtable event he held looking at the challenges facing those who have left the service.mbp_veterans_forum-1.JPG

The event was held at Holy Trinity Church in South Shore and included contributions from Afghanistan veteran Sergeant Rick Clement and John Lighten from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

Gordon said: “A lot of veterans charities have sprung up and the most are bona fide. But sadly in a few cases they are being used by scammers as a front to get money. Who is looking at this sector? I think there needs to be more quality assurance.”

Other issues raised at the forum included the funding crisis hitting some charities and also the implementation of the military covenant which recognises the nation’s obligation to the way members of the Armed Forces are treated.

Gordon, who also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans added: “It was a good exchange of views and a report will be sent to the Veterans Minister Mark Lancaster. I shall also be writing to the Prime Minister Theresa May on three specific issues - the funding crisis beginning to hit charities, the Veterans Minister being given too many other roles and for her to look very closely at ways of implementing the military covenant.

“We mustn't forget veterans of all ages, from those who served in the Second World War to younger veterans from Korea, the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s and coming through to Northern Ireland and the Falklands. We have to get the right balance between practical support and general psychological support and we need people who have been in service themselves to support veterans.”

The roundtable came two days after Gordon asked Mrs May at Prime Ministers Questions what more she was going to do for veterans. It followed a study by the military charity SSAFA found that 85% of a 1,000 working age veterans thought the UK Government wasn’t doing enough to support them.

Picture provided by the Blackpool Gazette

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