ISHERWOOD: New helpline for armed forces veterans

South Wales has been chosen as the base for a new 24-hour helpline for armed forces veterans from across the UK returning to civilian life.

Connect Assist will take on 12 staff to run the £2m Veterans' Gateway at Nantgarw, near Cardiff.

Advice on housing, finance and health will be on offer, pointing veterans to the relevant charities and support.

The UK Government's Veterans Minister Tobias Ellwood said it drew together "all facets of support" for veterans and families.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Communities Secretary, Mark Isherwood, said:

“The Veterans’ Gateway helpline is great news for Armed Forces veterans and their families, making it easier for them to access the support they need.

“We have long bemoaned the inconsistency of support for veterans, and this announcement will help service men and women to make a smooth transition into civilian life.

“Housing, health and other services have often failed to meet their needs, leading to social isolation and reducing the health and wellbeing of individuals.”