Today's defence news includes coverage of the new Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Act 2018 and continued coverage on the mental health offered to military personnel.
Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Act 2018.
On Thursday, the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill, became law. The new measures will give regular personnel the opportunity to reduce their hours or to limit the amount of time they are away from their home base for a set number of days per year.
The Sunday Express covers the story, reporting that the MOD is going to let soldiers work part-time in a bid to attract new recruits.
The paper also includes an op-ed by Tobias Ellwood, in which he writes that we are 'bringing new opportunities and we’re sending a powerful signal to all our brave, loyal, and dedicated troops that we are on their side. We are demonstrating that our Armed Forces know how to forge exceptional technology, exceptional people, and exceptional working practices into an unbeatable combination. And we’re showing the world that Britain has a modern military evolving with the times and fit for the future.'
Find out more about the new law here.
Mental health in the Armed Forces
The Mail On Sunday continues its coverage on mental health issues in the armed forces and repeats its call for a 24-hour helpline. The People also reports on mental health provision for military personnel.
An MOD spokesperson said:
We are committed to providing the best mental health care possible and are spending £20 million this year on mental health provisions. Last year we launched our mental health and wellbeing strategy, partnering with the Royal Foundation to improve our mental health services. We encourage anyone who is suffering to come forward to access the care and help they deserve.
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