MINISTERS are failing to tackle problems facing troops and war widows, MPs will today reveal.
The Defence Committee lashes out in its report on the Government’s honouring of the Armed Forces Covenant.
They cite substandard barracks, war widows not receiving pensions and soldiers’ kids suffering from repeated school moves.
Chairman Dr Julian Lewis MP said: “From inadequate Service accommodation to the grotesque injustice of some war widows’ pensions, the Government is failing in its moral obligation towards those who serve or have served.”
A new Office for Veterans Affairs is meant to fix the issues, but it is not yet up and running.
Chief among the complaints were problems with service accommodation.
MPs also blasted an “insulting anomaly” which denies 300 war widows a pension.
They lost out because they remarried between 1973 and 2005.
The law changed in 2014 to let widows who remarried keep their pension but these particular widows fell outside the criteria.
The MoD is still waiting for the Treasury to change the policy, which the MPs called “disgraceful”.
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They also criticised the “immoral” costs faced by Commonwealth soldiers who want to bring their spouses and children to the UK.
They need to earn £24,800 before a spouse and two children can join them. But junior personnel receive a starting salary of just £20,000 per year. The committee called it “immoral”.
A government spokesman said: “The new Office for Veterans’ Affairs will ensure the whole of government pulls together to deliver the life-long support our veterans deserve.”
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