Military charities are “the market leader” in collaborating with one another, according to Cobseo, the body which represents veterans’ organisations.

Military charities have previously been criticised by senior politicians for perceived “duplication” of essential services for veterans, but Sir John McColl, chair of Cobseo, said his sector should not be “shy or diplomatic” about the effectiveness of their work.

Challenge to other charities

McColl, speaking at the online launch of new research into veterans’ charities, said: “I would challenge any sub-sector in the charitable community to come forward and demonstrate to us that their instruments of cooperation and collaboration hold a candle to anything in our sector.

“They absolutely can’t do it. We are the market leader.”

He added: “I don’t think we need to be at all shy or diplomatic about this. In this sector we have the market leader in terms of cooperation and collaboration.

“If anyone disagrees, come forward with evidence that someone is doing it better, please.”

McColl said that Cobseo is already helping military charities to consider ways to collaborate, including shared use of buildings, backroom resources and finance operations. This sort of cooperation “could result in some kind of merger, but it doesn’t have to necessarily be that”, he said.

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