The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 regional committees. The position is an unpaid voluntary appointment, but reasonable travelling and loss of earnings allowances can be claimed. The deadline for applications is 23rd October 2020.
The VAPC committee in the East advocates the Armed Forces Covenant and supports the delivery of the pillars of Health, Housing, Criminal Justice, Employment and Education to veterans by the statutory bodies. The committee also acts as the local arm of the Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA).
Individuals with experience in the five pillars who can also carry out the following should apply:
- Attend Community Covenant Boards in the Eastern region, determine how effective the Covenant Boards perform.
- Promote and educate stakeholders on the provisions of the Armed Forces Covenant
- Promote the Armed Forces Covenant through personal networks
- Facilitate best practice exchange across local authorities and practitioners in the region to allow them to cross-fertilise good practice and ensure more consistent performance across the region in delivering the Community Covenant.
- Promote the availability of the Covenant Fund and how to access it to all regional stakeholders.
- Develop linkages and relationships between E-VAPC and Veterans Gateway Service as a key signposting stakeholder.
- Develop key linkages with Regional Armed Forces Champions and others covering every aspect of service provision and entitlements for veterans.
- Identify further ways to ensure Armed Forces Champions have as much information as possible about their local service leaver and veteran populations in the region.
One of the recent successes for the committee in the East was the publication of an article aimed at improving access of veterans to health care by committee member Wing Commander Mike Almond.
The Department is keen to see people with diverse experience and backgrounds and hope to receive applications from all sections of the community. Applications from women, ethnic minorities and disabled people will be welcomed. An interview access scheme (the Disability Confident Scheme) is available for disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria for appointment. For more information and to apply, see further details on HM Goverment Public Appointments page.