Ministry of Defence
New VAPC Terms of Reference will assist all veterans and their families
The Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty, endorsed the VAPCs' new supplementary Terms of Reference, enabling VAPC members to represent all veterans and their families in their region.
The Minister’s letter of 15 November 2021 to Johnny Lighten MBE, the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees’ (VAPC) “Chair of Chairs”, stated:
Thank you for inviting me to your conference [of VAPC Chairs] on 26 October . I found it most interesting and I left feeling really enthused and with a greater awareness of the role that the VAPCs play in supporting veterans.
I know that there has been much activity over the last 12 months surrounding the introduction of the new TORs and am pleased that I have been able to play my part in agreeing these. I look forward to working closer with you as the National Chair over the next 12 months and I see your role as key in enabling the VAPCs to move forward together in supporting our Veterans.
I believe that these TORs will enable the VAPCs to deliver a structured contribution to better understanding the support the whole of the veteran’s ‘family’ are receiving in your regions. I hope you now feel that you now have a real opportunity to assist in shaping and informing the strategy for our veterans and to provide a regional picture of successful delivery of the soon to be announced Veteran Strategy Action Plan.
I look forward to reading your first report in May 2022 and again in November 2022 after which, further discussion can take place regarding potentially formalising your broader role in Statute. I am pleased to say that I have now signed your new TORs and a copy of these are enclosed.
These Terms of Reference (TORs) reflect the fact that the VAPCs, given their independent and regional set-up, aim to make a useful contribution to the Government’s drive to make the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran.
The TORs have 2 principal purposes:
To set out the activities that members of VAPCs, as individuals and as members of informal regional groups, are asked to carry out relating to all veterans and their families.
To provide direction relating to their performance for an initial period of 12 months beginning from the date these TORs are agreed.
Latest News from
Ministry of Defence
Minister for Armed Forces in Pakistan for two-day visit24/05/2022 12:25:00
The UK Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey MP is visiting Pakistan on a two-day visit to highlight the importance of Pakistan as a strategic partner to the UK and reiterate the long-standing deep people-to-people ties between the two countries. This year Pakistan and UK will be celebrating 75 years of partnership and bilateral ties.
Two Irish WW1 soldiers' graves rededicated in Belgium23/05/2022 13:15:00
The graves of Capt Hugh Travers, DSO, and Sjt Frederick Cardy rededicated in Ypres.
Joint Expeditionary Force deploys to the Baltics23/05/2022 09:20:00
A major UK military headquarters has deployed to the Baltic region in support of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).
New defence BattleLab to drive innovation18/05/2022 16:10:00
A new hub designed to spark innovation and push the boundaries of technology used by UK Armed Forces has been officially opened in Dorset today.
Statement on the introduction of the Northern Ireland Legacy Bill18/05/2022 14:10:00
The Ministry of Defence's statement on the Northern Ireland Legacy Bill.
£30 million dry dock contract supports 300 Scottish jobs17/05/2022 10:15:00
£30 million contract for dry-dock maintenance for the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers has been awarded to Babcock International Group, in Scotland.
British Army on manoeuvres in North Macedonia16/05/2022 13:28:00
More than 2,000 members of the British Army’s Global Response Force have demonstrated their ability to react to global crises during an exercise with NATO allies.
Personnel honoured for outstanding acts in Armed Forces Operational Honours and Awards List16/05/2022 12:43:00
Personnel awarded for Operation Pitting, the Defence response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and acts of heroism when off duty.