Date: Monday January 27, 2020 at 9:03am
fulfils promise to veterans with new railcard
to get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer
to family and friends.
for Transport, Office
for Veterans' Affairs, Cabinet
of Defence, The Rt
Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Johnny Mercer MP,
and The Rt Hon
Grant Shapps MP
new railcard, available from Armistice Day
this year, will help boost veterans’ job prospects and strengthen family
bonds through cheaper travel
- over 830,000 eligible for a third off their
fares, saving veterans and their families hundreds of pounds a year
- discount forms part of government’s new
veterans strategy to support former servicemen and women
will get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them
closer to family and friends, with a new railcard on sale from Armistice Day,
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today (22 January 2020).
Armistice Day this year, the railcard will extend discounted train travel to
the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.
Grant Shapps said:
of society should honour the debt we owe those who’ve served our country. I’m
proud that the Department for Transport, together with other government
colleagues and the rail industry, is doing its bit."
railcard will help open up opportunities to veterans, whether through
employment and retraining, or by strengthening links with friends and family. I
believe that enabling former service personnel to travel more easily is the
least we can do."
announcement, delivering on a manifesto commitment, forms part of the
government’s veterans strategy.
This action plan,
which is also being launched today, outlines what government is doing to
deliver more for our veterans and sets out holistic support for those who
served, in areas including community and relationships, employment and skills,
health and wellbeing, finance and debt, housing, and contact with the law.
The strategy will
be coordinated by the recently-established Office
for Veterans Affairs.
Minister Oliver Dowden, who represents the Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) in
for Veterans’ Affairs was set up to get things done for our veterans. I am
pleased to see that the OVA is already able to show it is achieving just this,
working with the Department for Transport to deliver this railcard."
action plan will help to make the UK the best place in the world for veterans.
The Office for Veterans’ Affairs will drive the plan from the heart of
government, working to help veterans on jobs, housing and health, through
better data and a more joined up approach."
Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:
train travel is a fantastic way to recognise those who have served this
country, and the speed at which plans have been worked up shows how seriously
we are taking our commitments to make the UK the best country in the world to
be a veteran."
railcard is only the start though, and I’m clear we need to do more to look
after the people who so selflessly put their lives on the line to look after
action plan has been published, I look forward to continuing to drive forward
this issue across government and the services we offer."
government is also releasing its response for the consultation into the
veterans strategy, which includes an action plan on how the Office for
Veterans’ Affairs will coordinate departments to help veterans over the next 2
to the consultation underlined the need for a more coordinated approach to
veterans support. Other key findings include a call to promote a positive
perception of veterans and a need to increase awareness of the support already
offered from across central and local government.
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