18 December 2014
Discount Card Helps Service Personnel get more for their money this Christmas
Public Services Minister, Leighton Andrews is encouraging more people in Wales to sign up to a discount card offering service personnel savings on a range of goods and services this Christmas and New Year.
Over a thousand high street companies and businesses across the UK have already signed up to the Defence Discount Service.
Leighton Andrews said: “As well as saving people money, this card acknowledges and rewards Wales’ brave armed forces community, past and present.
“This week marks the first anniversary of all twenty-two local authorities in Wales signing Community Covenants and this discount scheme is an important part of our ongoing commitment to develop and deliver on the pledges agreed last year.”
Community Covenants encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and also promotes public awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community.
However, the Minister believes more can be done to support the armed services community in Wales. He added “I thank everyone who has already signed up to this discount scheme but would encourage more businesses in Wales to get on board.”
Ex-serviceman, Tony Morris, 65, from Pontymister, near Newport, echoes the Minister’s sentiments saying he uses his card “whenever possible” but would like to see more local shops involved.
Tony served with the Royal Navy for twelve years, including two eighteen month tours in the Far East. He signed up to his discount card shortly after the scheme launched.
“I heard about the card through my British Legion and found it really easy to sign-up.
“I travel a lot and use my card at service stations to get exclusive deals and money off food and stuff – up to 25%.
“I receive regular emails from the Defence Discount Service telling me what offers are available and would be more inclined to shop somewhere if they accepted the card.
“I would like to see more local shops and businesses in Wales supporting the scheme and what it stands for.”
The Defence Privilege Card is available to current and ex service personnel and gives card holders discounts on a range of goods and services.