Armed Forces Covenant roles must be extended

Clwyd West MS and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Armed Forces and Cadets, Darren Millar, has called on the Welsh Government to extend funding for Armed Forces Liaison Officers in Wales.

The five Armed Forces Liaison Officers based in Wales are responsible for raising awareness of the issues affecting the Armed Forces Community in Wales along with promoting and coordinating work to honour the Armed Forces Covenant.

Since being introduced in 2017 the project has enhanced the way that local authorities and the Welsh Government engage with the Armed Forces Community but funding for the posts comes to an end in March 2021.

Darren said:

“Wales' Armed Forces Liaison Officers have done an incredible job in recent years but their jobs are now under threat.

"With this week being Armed Forces Week, we are calling on the Welsh Government to demonstrate its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant by making long-term funding available for these important posts to continue.

“As the Chair of the Cross Party Group on Armed Forces and Cadets, I have seen first-hand how effective our Armed Forces Liaison Officers been in promoting the Armed Forces Covenant across the country, it would be devastating if we were to lose them."