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Council receives gold award for support to Armed Forces

Posted on : 22 Aug 2019

Council receives gold award for support to Armed Forces
Caerphilly County Borough Council has received a Gold Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  This award recognises the council as one of the best organisations in the UK for the support it offers to the Armed Forces community.

The awards are given by the Ministry of Defence to employers and organisations that demonstrate their support to military personnel.  To qualify for a Gold Award, employers must not only pledge their support but demonstrate their commitment to Defence personnel and become advocates, inspiring other organisations to follow their lead.

Cllr Andrew Whitcombe, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said “The Gold Award is a fantastic achievement which recognises the council’s commitment to supporting serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.”   

In June 2013 the council signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledge.  The Armed Forces Covenant, which was launched by the UK Government in 2011, places an expectation on signatories that they will ensure the Armed Forces community are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. Caerphilly County Borough Council is the lead organisation in delivering on the Armed Forces Covenant at a local level, with the Caerphilly Armed Forces Forum, comprised of statutory and third sector organisations, the delivery body.
 
More information on support available in the Caerphilly county borough for the Armed Forces community can be found at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/armedforces or by contacting Lisa Rawlings, Regional Armed Forces Covenant Liaison Officer, on 01443 864447 or by emailing armedforces@caerphilly.gov.uk.


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