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MP calls for removal of all barriers to TA recruitment

Thursday, July 21, 2011

During a defence statement in the House of Commons local MP Meg Munn highlighted concerns about recruitment from her local Territorial Army (TA) base. Having recently visited and spoken to a number of volunteers at the Manor Top TA centre she was able to question Dr Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for Defence, about problems in recruitment, particularly for the unemployed.


Meg Munn asked the Minister:


“The Territorial Army regiment based in my constituency tell me that it struggles to recruit people, particularly those who are unemployed, because of the impact that the time spent with the TA, as well as the wages, have on benefits.


Will the Secretary of State look at this issue with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that those who are unemployed and who want to serve can do so?”


The Secretary of State responded as follows:


 “The hon. Lady makes a very interesting point and I certainly will undertake to do that because I want to diminish any barriers to serving in the Territorial’s, including those to people in employment, which I mentioned in my statement, and those to people who are out of work.


I am grateful to her for that interesting idea and I will take this forward.”


Meg Munn MP will take forward this issue and continue to press the government to ensure that any barriers to recruitment into the TA are removed.

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