In October 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gurkha Welfare published a report into a range of historic grievances held by Gurkha veterans following the establishment of an Inquiry in 2013 which brought to an end a hunger strike by a Gurkha veteran in the UK. The APPG report made a broad range of recommendations in relation to areas such as Gurkha pensions, adult dependents, medical healthcare in Nepal, Gurkha benefits and allowances and Gurkha communities in Britain.
The government published its response to that report on 29 January 2015.
As part of its response the government has announced that over £900,000 has been awarded to a Gurkha Veterans housing project in the UK. This is in addition to the award of £5 million (£1 million annually) over the next 5 years to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity which provides support to Gurkha veterans, already announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement.
The announcement sets out the government’s response to all the recommendations made in the APPG’s report with the exception of one in relation to the disablement pension paid to Gurkhas under the Gurkha Pension Scheme. This is a complex matter for which the government is still considering the APPG’s recommendation and will respond to in due course.
The full report can be read on the Government website.