Legion admits it's not meeting need

The Royal British Legion has admitted that its current policies are not meeting the welfare needs of the swathes of ex-servicemen it supports.

The charity's confession that "deep pockets of need" exist in areas such as health and housing has been sparked by the results of a welfare survey due to be published tomorrow. An overview of the report says there is "a broader and deeper picture of need among the ex-service community in the UK than we have had available before.

"Some of the statistics revealed in the report, particularly those concerning unmet and future needs within the ex-service community, are of great importance to us. It's perhaps uncomfortable to realise that we, and the 180 other charities delivering services to the serving and ex-service community, are just skimming the surface of need."

The legion will now compare the plight of the ex-service population with its peer groups using government-collected data.

The report says the charity, now in the midst of its annual Poppy Appeal, will work with other ex-service charities to analyse the findings and find ways to meet unmet need.

The research is the first in a series of reports to be published by the legion on the ex-service community and involved more than 6,000 adults.

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