War veterans now have a champion

County Coun Mike France
County Coun Mike France

LANCASHIRE County Council has strengthened its support for war veterans by proposing to appoint a champion to fight their corner.

At last week’s full council meeting, it was announced that County Coun Mike France would be appointed as veterans’ champion.

His role will help the organisations that support ex-servicemen and women, such as district councils, the county council, the health service, and the many voluntary organisations across Lancashire, to work even more closely together. He will also have £10,000 to spend on specific projects.

County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “We greatly value the efforts of veterans, who put their own ! lives at risk for the people of Lancashire and the whole country.

“The proposed appointment of the veterans’ champion will underline our commitment to support those who have bravely served their country and who continue to contribute to life in Lancashire.

“We also recognise the magnificent work the voluntary organisations do and the champion’s role is not to replace these, but to work closely with them.”

County Coun France said: “I want to ensure that veterans and their families get the support they deserve. I’m looking forward to working with veterans and the many organisations that support them, to find out what they need and to help to promote and represent their interests.”