Medway Labour & Co-operative Group are thrilled to have cross-party support for our motion asking the government to scrap the ‘indefinite leave to remain’ fees for Commonwealth nationals who serve in our Armed Forces.
Vince Maple, Leader of Medway Labour & Co-op Group said, ‘I’m proud that we had unanimous support for my motion, which means that Medway council is the first in the country to support this important Royal British Legion campaign to Stop the Service Charge.
‘It cannot be morally right, that after a member of service personnel and their families give so much to our country, that in a case of a family of 4, they are left will a bill of around £10,000 if they wish to live in the country that they have served.
‘I hope we see many other councils following our lead, and the government finally takes the action needed to stop the service charge.’
Cllr Mark Prenter, Medway Labour & Co-op Councillor for Twydall said, ‘I really hope this encourage more overseas nationals to join our armed forces. If this proposal brings about positive change, it will send a clear message that we value the dedication and courage of our commonwealth friends. Removing these prohibitive fees is the least we can do to show our gratitude.
‘My father-in-law, Timoti Bukasoqo, served in the army so my family and I know first-hand the unfairness of the current system.
‘The cross-party support for this motion means that the Armed forces covenant is not just words, but action.’