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General Election 2019 PolicyWatch: Conservatives and Liberal Democrats make a pitch for veterans’ votes



The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have chosen to make their latest election pledges for veterans on Remembrance Sunday.

Campaigning is well under way for the general election and keeping up with the latest promises, policies and pledges from the parties can be difficult.

Here are today’s announcements on issues from parties as they seek to win your vote on December 12.

 

Conservatives: Discounted train fares for veterans

Veterans will be eligible for a railcard giving them a third off the cost of train travel if the Conservatives win a majority at the General Election.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the railcard would support up to 700,000 former Armed Forces personnel who do not qualify for existing railcards.

Spouses and dependent children will also be eligible for discounted fares if they are travelling with the railcard holder.

Under the plans, eligibility for the existing HM Forces Railcard – which costs £21 a year and provides a one-third discount off most rail tickets – will be extended to all those who have previously served in the Armed Forces.

 

Liberal Democrats: No settlement fees for vets born overseas

Armed Forces veterans who were born outside the UK would be exempt from paying settlement fees under Liberal Democrat proposals for government.

The party has vowed to end the “excessive” indefinite leave to remain fees for former service personnel and their families applying to take up their right to settle in Britain.

Its analysis suggests the processing fees for such applications have increased three-fold since 2007 – from £750 to £2,389 – which would set a family of four back by almost £10,000.

Lib Dem defence spokesman Jamie Stone, announcing the proposal on Remembrance Sunday, warned the costs are preventing “many brave veterans and their families from living in the UK”.

Additional reporting by PA Media



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