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Council gains prestigious Armed Forces Award

Friday 23 August

 

Ashfield District Council is proud to have been awarded the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

The Council is one of just four local authorities across the East Midlands to have achieved the prestigious award for 2019.

The Silver award replaces the Bronze award we previously held. Recognising the Council’s hard work to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.

In 2018, the Council set out a large programme of commemorative events to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, including planting poppy beds and installing Tommy silhouettes, poppy lights and gateway signs.

Last November, Chairman of the Council Cllr Anthony Brewer signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of Ashfield at a service held at Southwell Minster.

Cllr David Walters, ADC Armed Forces Champion said: “We are humbled to be receiving this prestigious award. It marks our fantastic work in not only showing how proud we are of those who have served for our country but also that we are a veteran friendly employer as an authority.

“We will continue to be proud of the Armed Forces and ensure that service personnel, families and veterans can access the help and support available.”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.” 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: “Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.

“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”

Information relating to the Armed Forces Covenant is available on the Ashfield District Council website at the following address:
https://www.ashfield.gov.uk/your-council/working-together/armed-forces-covenant/

The Council will be presented with the award by the Ministry of Defence in November this year and is already working towards achieving the Gold Award.