Help on offer for returning Fylde soldiers

Coun Ed Nash with the website

Coun Ed Nash with the website

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Help and advice on settling back into civilian life is now available for Fylde’s Armed Forces members after the launch of a new website.

Fylde Council teamed up four years ago with organisations across Lancashire, including district councils, the county council, the armed forces, the NHS and Jobcentre Plus, to jointly sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant to help veterans and their families.

The new website – www.lancashire.gov.uk/armedforces – puts areas including work, housing, benefits, education and health in one place.

Coun Ed Nash, Fylde Council’s Armed Forces member, said: “The armed services are men and women to whom we owe our freedom. At last there is a growing awareness of the problems they can face in readjusting to life when their military service is complete.

“Work is a big part of it but they also have to acquire housing and may be starting to care for children at a time of worry and uncertainty in their lives.

“There are many people in that position in Fylde and I’m glad that this website brings together all the help that is available for them.”