Clywd South MP Simon Baynes has called on the government to ensure armed forces veterans in his constituency are being given welfare provision and support.

Simon Baynes, who won his seat in December’s General Election, highlighted the issue with Ministry of Defence minister Johnny Mercer about the steps the government is taking to ensure the provision of a high-quality welfare service for Clwyd South veterans during the Covid-19 outbreak.

And he also called on the minister to ensure continued funding for the local Armed Forces Liaison Officers, the provision of housing, and mental health support for veterans across the wider Wrexham area.

In reply, Mr Mercer said he would be more than happy to look at what can be done, on top of what he says is already good work for veterans across the United Kingdom.

“We have secured specific funding during this challenging time,” he added.

“[We have put] £6 million out of the Treasury which has gone to more than 100 Armed Forces charities dealing with the unique challenges of this crisis at the moment.

“I’m determined we will realise this government’s vision to make this the best country in the world to be a veteran. I’d be delighted to meet with my Hon. Friend to find out what we can do further.”

Mr Baynes said he was happy with his fellow Conservative MP’s answer, and insisted he was determined to do everything he can to support veterans for the armed forces.

He said: “I was very pleased with the Minister’s response.

“And I’ve already taken him up on his offer of a meeting to discuss these issues so that we can ensure Clwyd South veterans and those across the wider Wrexham area continue to have the benefit of the support of their local Armed Forces Liaison Officers and assistance with housing and mental health issues.

“Both my father and grandfather served in the armed forces so this is a cause which is very close to my heart.

“I’m absolutely determined to ensure our veterans and serving armed forces service personnel in Clwyd South get the very best support from the government.”

Mr Baynes was speaking in the Houses of Parliament on Monday.