Details revealed on how military covenant will become law

Sailors honing their skills at Wellington Barracks in preparation for their Royal guard duties

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DEFENCE secretary Liam Fox has set out how the Government’s new military covenant will be enshrined into law.

Dr Fox set out a number of enhanced services for the military, such as doubling the rate of council tax relief to 50 per cent for those serving overseas.

There will also be a £3m boost for schools with high numbers of children from armed forces families and it will become easier for seriously-injured service personnel and veterans to use cheaper public transport.

Shops and public sector organisations will also be encouraged to take part in a discount card scheme for veterans.

Action was promised to improve military inquests and to provide some injured personnel with access to IVF treatment.

Dr Fox told MPs: ‘The nation has no greater obligation than to look after those who have served it. The men and women of the three services, regulars and reservists, whether they are serving to date or have done so in the past – all deserve our respect.’

The Armed Forces Bill originally included only an annual review of how the informal agreement was being met – leading to accusations the Prime Minister had broken a pre-election pledge to make it law.

A U-turn was fought for by forces’ charity, the Royal British Legion.

Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: ‘For the first time, armed forces personnel and their families will see the principles of fair treatment there on the statute book.

‘This is a major step forward for the whole armed forces community.’