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Silver award for Armed Forces support

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Charnwood Borough Council has received a silver award for its support of armed forces.

The Council was given the award by the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Scheme (ERS) which encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

The silver award follows the Council receiving bronze last year and recognises its continuing commitment to supporting armed forces personnel past and present and their families in Charnwood.

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Armed Forces champion at the borough council said: “After receiving the bronze award in 2017, we’re very proud to pick up the silver award this year for our continued support of the armed forces.

“We recognise the sacrifices our Armed Forces men and women, and their families make and it’s important to give something back to those who serve their country.

“The Council is committed to supporting the armed forces personnel and veterans as part of the Armed Forces Community Covenant.”

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 Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013. The Covenant recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

The Council also employs an armed forces community covenant development officer and two outreach officers, in partnership with Melton and Rushcliffe borough councils to help develop and support the Armed Forces community and ensure that military personal do not face any disadvantage as a result of their service.

A ceremony will be held at Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire later in the year where the Council will formally receive the ERS Silver Award.