Scottish Conservative candidate welcomes pledge to support Forces veterans
North-east veteran Mark Findlater has welcomed a series of Scottish Conservative manifesto pledges to support Scotland’s military personnel, including an Armed Forces and Veterans Bill.
Mr Findlater, who is also a Troup councillor and Banffshire and Buchan Coast candidate, said the move would ensure military personal in the north-east were guaranteed access to key services and products such as education, jobs, healthcare and the property market.
The bill would enhance support for transitioning to civilian life and make the best use of their talents, benefiting communities and the economy.
The Conservatives also want to use Holyrood's devolved welfare powers to create a new top-up benefit for veteran households in receipt of Universal Credit, and there would be new Help to Buy scheme, with specific provision for veterans and their families to make Scotland home.
Mr Findlater, who served for 23 years in the Royal Corps of Signals, Military Intelligence and Bomb Disposal, said: “The men and women who represent their country need to have the assurances that they will be treated fairly when they finish their service.”
He added their sacrifices should not go unnoticed, adding their role during the nation’s most recent time of need, Covid-19, could not be overstated.
“From setting up hospitals and ensuring that mobile testing units were available, to supporting care homes and rural areas with local testing – they were there for us.”