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Parliamentary round-up

Gary Seath 1 year ago

Influencing Policy Media

Parliamentary round up for March 2023

We were delighted to see the Scottish Parliament has been busy with questions and debates relevant to children and young people from armed forces and veteran families.

It is critical that elected representatives understand the unique context in which these children live and use their position to ensure their needs are not forgotten in Scotland.

Most notably, the themes of veteran employment, young carers and additional support needs have been at the forefront of parliamentary focus this month.

Veterans and their families

Forces Children Scotland welcomed the Employment Support for Veterans and their Families debate in the Scottish Parliament, and was encouraged by the suggestions by MSPs.

We welcomed discussions on veterans accessing benefits, the lack of data available, promoting skillsets, and how childcare affects non-serving partners and children. It was notable however that the needs of children were not frequently mentioned. We plan to engage with MSPs and Ministers to ensure their needs are not forgotten in future debates.

We were delighted to see Martin Whitfield MSP highlight the work of Forces Children Scotland in helping veteran families and the Forces Life Board Game.