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Boosting support for veterans in Colchester with £500,000

February 26, 2015 11:55 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced an extra £500,000 to provide support for veterans in Colchester.

Vulnerable ex-military service men and women in Colchester will benefit from the Veterans Pathway which will help them full reintegrate back into civilian life.

Veterans Pathway is a consortium established to provide 65 units of temporary, supported and independent accommodation for ex-service men and women most in need.

These homes allow veterans to develop the skills they need to move on to private rented accommodation or social housing, supporting their re-integration back into society and civilian life.

These funds are part of the coalition's commitment to ensure fines levied on banks for abusing the Libor system are used to support good causes.

Announcing the funding Nick said:

"If we are genuine about creating a fairer society, it is fundamental that we protect society's most vulnerable, which is why I am delighted that extra money has been found to support homeless veterans in Colchester get back on their feet."

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

I earmarked additional funding to support homeless veterans because it's crucially important that we support society's most vulnerable, particularly those who have given up so much to protect our country.

"I'm delighted that this additional funding will provide housing, training and support to potentially hundreds of veterans, as part of this government's aim to create a fairer society."