Melton Borough Council

Melton Borough Council awarded for armed forces support

Published Monday, 20th August 2018 Melton  Borough Council awarded for armed forces support

Melton Borough Council has received a Silver award for its commitment to supporting serving and former armed forces personnel and their families.

The Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) is a national scheme encouraging employers to support our armed forces personnel and inspire others to do the same. This follows the Bronze Award received by Melton Borough Council earlier this year.

The award recognises that the council has demonstrated its support for the armed forces community in the Melton borough following the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Councillor Alan Pearson, Chairman of the People Committee said: “Melton Mowbray has a long standing history with the armed forces and the council is incredibly proud to receive this award for our continued support of our serving and ex serving military personnel. I would encourage other employers in the borough to sign the covenant and show their support.”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP said: “I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the armed forces community.  The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded, injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the armed forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”

The covenant itself offers support and advice for the armed forces and their families, including information about welfare, employment, education and housing. The Council signed up to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014.

The Council also employs an Armed Forces Community Covenant Officer, in partnership with Charnwood and Rushcliffe Borough Councils to help develop and improve the Armed Forces Covenant and ensure that military personnel do not face any disadvantage as a result of their service.

For more information about support for armed forces in Melton, visit:

http://www.melton.gov.uk/info/200349/armed_forces/1090/armed_forces_community_covenant

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For more information contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294