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Free travel for Veterans in London - well done Boris!

chimera

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#2
Fantastic - hopefully others will follow. Good to see a politician taking the initiative.

But since he is a Tory I wonder how the Govt will spin this to try and take the credit.
 
#3
Note that this isn't the meaning whereby a Veteran is anyone who has served.

This scheme would be extended to those injured veterans. Rightly so in my opinion, they get screwed over enough by the compensation scheme as it is. Every little helps.
 
#8
This is brill'. I think I remember reading some where about currently serving member of the forces will get 'free' travel any where any time if in uniform? I could be wrong? But this is a great idea, and should be across the whole travel system, in the whole country. But you have to start somewhere, and it's good that London is setting an example for the rest of the countries major cities and towns to follow. Who ever said this man was a mad hatter??
 
#10
The actual important part, who it covers:

From 2 November all war veterans in receipt of a pension under the War Pensions Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, including war widows and widowers and eligible dependents, will be able to travel for free on Transport for London bus, Tube, tram, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services. The Train Operating Companies have also backed the Mayor in agreeing that war veterans will be able to travel free on their services within Greater London.
 
#17
Yes well done Boris, but ust to big up the Brumopolis for a second...

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=100784&CONTENT_ITEM_TYPE=9&MENU_ID=127

Ex-Armed Forces Personnel Get Improved Home Options



Press Release Details

Summary Ex-armed forces personnel wanting a home from Birmingham City Council are getting more help and support than ever, thanks to the development of a dedicated service which has been received positively by the Ministry of Defence and other support organisations across the city.
PR Portfolio BCC

Reference Number 9693
Press contact Marcia Wynter - 0121 303 3501
Issue Date 30 March 2007

The service, which provides access to greater housing choice, is one of a number of services highlighted in the Council’s new housing allocations policy which was approved by Cabinet this week.

In addition to offering advice and assistance to those leaving the armed forces, the city council has an armed forces contact officer for anyone who is leaving the armed forces –army, navy, air-force and some auxiliary services that want to apply for social housing.

The Housing Department has liaised with local organisations such as the Royal British Legion within Birmingham and the Alderson Trust, who specialise in providing accommodation for ex-service personnel. National organisations such as (SPACES) Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the ex-Services and (SSAFA) Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association have also been approached to coordinate and support any rehousing requests.

Derek Twigg, Minister for Veterans, said: "Ensuring that our personnel have access to proper housing after they have left the Armed Forces is extremely important, and I wholeheartedly welcome Birmingham City Council's initiative in this area. My department will continue to work with the BCC through the Joint Service Housing Advice Office."

Elaine Elkington, Acting Strategic Director of Housing & Constituencies, said: “The Cabinet Members and I are very pleased with the development of services for ex forces personnel as this group of people deserve to be recognised. The Housing Department will continue to improve services for anyone wanting a home in the city, particularly those who are in greatest housing need.”

The Housing Options leaflet and campaign has been received positively amongst organisations who offer advice and guidance to ex-services personnel.
So maybe the thread should be developed from "Boris what a card" to "What has your local council done for you lately"?
 
#19
Countryman said:
The actual important part, who it covers:

From 2 November all war veterans in receipt of a pension under the War Pensions Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, including war widows and widowers and eligible dependents, will be able to travel for free on Transport for London bus, Tube, tram, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services. The Train Operating Companies have also backed the Mayor in agreeing that war veterans will be able to travel free on their services within Greater London.
I think it an excellent idea. But how will they administer it? ID cards issued by the government?!
 

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