Sign our petition to urge the government to withdraw plans to outsource veterans’ services and carry out a public consultation on any future plans to privatise any work related to the delivery of military human resources or veterans services.
The government is looking to outsource veterans’ services, including the administration of the War Pensions Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, MoD Medal Office and Veterans Enabling and Supporting Services, without public consultation.
Veterans UK, part of Defence Business Services, is the MOD's dedicated veterans’ support organisation, available to 4.6 million veterans. Managing the Armed Forces Pension Scheme liability of £145.2 billion.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and War Pensions Scheme pays about £72.5 million a month to those injured or bereaved. The Ministry of Defence Medals Office, assesses, prepares and delivers more than 45,000 medals a year.
The plans would considerably expand the services that will form part of the £800 million Future Service Delivery Contract (FSDC) and puts about 400 jobs at risk. Notice of tenders for the work were issued in April.
We are concerned about the impact outsourcing these services will have on the quality of service provision that veterans currently receive. We are also concerned that the MoD is reserving the right to include and add any other work related to the delivery of military human resources or veterans services during the lifetime of the contract.