James Brokenshire has discussed the work of the Royal British Legion in Bexley at special reception at the House of Commons.
Earlier this year Bexley Council signed the Legion’s Community Covenant as a statement of mutual support between the local community and the Armed Forces community. James met the Legion’s new London Area Manager, Ryan Allain and discussed the changing face of welfare provision for service personnel and ways in which the Community Covenant could strengthen understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces.
The Royal British Legion provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families. As the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. Approximately 9 million people in the UK are eligible for the Legion’s support and we are proud to serve those in need, today and for the rest of their lives.
Commenting, James said:
“The Legion’s work does not stop on 11th November. Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job. It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I’m proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion.”
Mr Allain, the Legion’s Area Manager, said:
“Many people don’t realise that we spend £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support for the Serving and ex-Service community and their families, The Legion continues to be active in London and over the last 12 months, my team handled 827 welfare cases and issued Immediate Needs Grants totalling some £380,000”.