Implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland

Implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland

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In this report the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee says the UK Government must identify any shortfalls in the provision of services to the Armed Forces Community in Northern Ireland, and report on how these will be met. The Committee also calls for closer engagement between the UK Government and Northern Ireland Executive on support for the Armed Forces Community. The inquiry found that due to devolution, variations exist across the regions of the UK as to how health, housing and education services are provided. There are some specific benefits for the armed forces community that exist in Great Britain but are not available in Northern Ireland, such as improved access to IVF treatment, priority in accessing NHS healthcare, additional priority in accessing social housing, and certain educational entitlements.Creation of Jobcentre Plus Armed Forces Champions to assist Service families find employment. ... Civil service will do all it can to help civil servants return to the same department after being deployed with a partner. - Introduction in Apr IQ of NI credits for Service spouses living overseas. - Easement of rules to Job Seekersa#39; Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance to prevent disadvantage foranbsp;...

Title:Implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Publisher:Stationery Office - 2013-07-17


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