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More Money For Mental Heath Problems For UK Forces

Liam Fox time to stop the national scandal of post conflict suicides

More people who served in the Falklands War have committed suicide since the war ended, than were killed in combat operations, just think about that for a moment.

A large number of the homeless on the streets of Britain today are ex-service people, people who have fought for us will tonight bed down in a cardboard box in a shop doorway.

The cause of all this suffering and misery can be directly traced to the effects of combat and viewing sudden violent death, on a daily basis and what happens to the individual after the war is over.

There is very little Aardvark can find to applaud about this Coalition Government, however the news that Liam Fox is taking immediate steps to stop what he calls “the national scandal of post conflict suicides” is very good news Read the rest of this entry

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Policy Announcements From The Conservative Party Conference 2010

Last year we ran a rolling record of policy announcements from the 2009 Conservative Party Conference which proved popular so here we go again this year, this post will be updated as new policy announcements are made, the post is also “sticky” so it will remain as the first article on the blog until Sunday.

Last Updated 12:15 October 6th 2010

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announces that pilots for an inter-school sports competition will take place next year and that within weeks he will return the National Lottery to its original four pillars, with grassroots sport, but art and heritage all benefiting by as much as £50m each year from 2012. He also said that he will insist that lottery distributors spend no more than 5% of what they distribute on admin.

Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that the Government will legislate this autumn to put a sovereignty clause on EU law onto the statute book to enshrine the principle that what a sovereign parliament can do, a sovereign parliament can also undo

Defence Secretary Liam Fox confirmed that Trident would be replaced and made several announcements taking on board recommendations from Andrew Murrison MP’s review of mental health care for the armed forces, namely a dedicated 24 hour support line for veterans and introducing 30 additional mental health nurses in Mental Health Trusts to ensure the right support is organised for veterans. He also announced new funding to replace 125 Service Families Accommodation Units on Canadian Estate at Bulford with 260 new units at a cost of £47m

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announces the establishment of the New Enterprise Allowance Read the rest of this entry