Labour activist calls for Royal British Legion to be '˜dissolved and its assetsÂ redistributed' to homeless veterans
A Labour activist has called for a military charity to be dissolved '“Â as the country prepares for the centenary of theÂ Armistice.Â
Aaron Bastani, co-founder of Novara Media, suggested that the Royal British Legion (RBL)Â be shut down and its assetsÂ '˜redistributed' to homeless veterans.Â
Mr Bastani announced on October 29 that he would be moving to Portsmouth and would be campaigning for Labour, saying it wouldÂ be '˜brilliant seeing Tories lose south coast at next GE'.Â
The Royal British Legion, which was founded following the end of the First World War, leads the annual poppy appeal for Remembrance Sunday.Â
Posting on Twitter yesterday, Mr Bastani proposedÂ the Royal British Legion should be dissolved.
He tweeted: '˜I care about veterans. That's why I think the Royal British legion should be dissolved with it's Â£300 million of fixed assets redistributed to Britain's 13,000 homeless ex service personnel.Â
'Surely that makes more sense than the face it pays more than 24 people 60k a year?'Â
What is the Royal British Legion?Â
Founded in 1921 as a voice for theÂ ex-serviceÂ community following the First World War.Â
It was formed through the merging of three separate groups theÂ Comrades of the Great War, theÂ National Association of Discharged Sailors and SoldiersÂ and theÂ National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers.Â
The newly formed Royal British Legion ordered 9 million poppies and sold them in the first poppy appeal on November 11, 1921.Â
The charity helps toÂ provideÂ lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - including Royal Navy - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
The Royal British Legion hasÂ six care homes - including Mais House in East Sussex '“ which would be included in the '˜fixed assets' that the tweet suggested should be '˜redistributed'.Â
The charity also works withÂ Dementia UK to provide Admiral Nurses - a service that supports the carers of its beneficiaries who have dementia.
The focus of the service is toÂ maintain independenceÂ and improve theÂ quality of life for carers and families and toÂ provide the practical advice they need.