POL the Bus! Service charities - epetition response

Yet more spin from the masters of bollux!


Monday 27 October 2008
Servicecharities - epetition response

We received a petition asking:

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to wavier all MOD charges for charities engaged in assisting serving and former members of the armed forces and their families.”

Details of Petition:

“Treatment Centres like Tyrwhitt House funded by Combat Stress has facilities that have been specially built to provide for ex servicemen and woman who are physically disabled and suffer from PTSD. Projects like 36, Grays Lane in Ashtead could only come about by donations collected by SSAFA. Charitable organisations engaged in assisting serving and former members of the armed forces and their families, saves the MOD £££, so why should 15% from donations collect during events held on MOD Defence Estate property go back to the HM Treasury? If all donations collected on MOD property were to go direct to the charity’s mentioned. The Government and MOD need to start supporting our servicemen and women both serving and Veteran by fully helping service Charitable organisations and to stop putting bureaucratic obstacles in their way. Please sign goal: 1,000,000 signatures.”

And they said...

Read the Government’s response

The Government greatly values the contribution made by charities to Service personnel and their families. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has long standing and close ties with many charities and works in partnership with them to deliver support for the Armed Forces. We recognise that there are areas where charities are better able to deliver services than the MOD, and we aim to support their activities.

The MOD is obliged to charge for use of publicly funded defence facilities but does not charge a standard 15 per cent of money raised for use of its facilities. Instead the cost varies on a case by case basis to include a fee for the use of the facilities and any additional costs incurred by the MOD from the event.

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