The government has announced its final Budget before the election in May.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed that a further £75 million of grants will go to Armed Forces charities from Libor fines paid by banks and city institutions.
These include £5 million over the next five years for research into the psychological impact of battlefield injuries and severe battlefield trauma; Mental Health Wiltshire receiving £3.5 million to provide a dedicated support pathway, work and accommodation for Veterans in the county; and £2 million to pilot the implementation of the recommendations in the Chavasse Report for a network of NHS hospital based rehabilitation services for Veterans and reservists.
Dr Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services at Combat Stress, said:
“Combat Stress works in partnership with the NHS to deliver the best possible mental health support for Veterans, so we welcome the news of increased funding for these vital services. It has been clear in recent years that as more Veterans come forward for help, greater investment in services and expertise are required.
As a charity, we are working hard alongside the NHS to support Veterans with mental ill-health across the UK, and we currently have over 5,600 ex-Service personnel in our care. Our intensive Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) rehabilitation programme is commissioned by the NHS to provide specialist expertise and treatment for those with psychological injuries as a result of their Service.
It is important Veterans know where to come for help. So alongside the NHS services, Combat Stress offers clinical and welfare services that Veterans can access in their own communities or, for those who need them most, at our residential treatment centres.”