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Council’s gold award for its support of Armed Forces

Northumberland County Council  has been recognised as one of the best in the UK for supporting members of the Armed Forces.

The authority  has been awarded a gold award by the Ministry of Defence in its 2018  Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

The scheme rewards and recognises UK employers and organisations that show outstanding support  to the armed forces community.

The council was one of just nine  local authorities across the whole of the UK to receive the coveted gold award.


Northumberland County Councillor, Dave Ledger, Armed Forces Champion said:
We are immensely proud to receive this prestigious award. Northumberland County Council works tirelessly to ensure that the objectives of the Armed Forces Covenant are implemented and promoted and that our Armed Forces Community are fully supported through our policies and procedures, whether serving personnel, reservists, cadets, adult instructors, veterans or military families. We recognise the transferable skills our armed forces community possess and the benefits of partnership working and are delighted that our work has been recognised by this esteemed award.

“A huge thank you my Co Chair Lt Col Jules Smith to the Northumberland Outreach Team, the Team at county that support our Forum and all members of our very vibrant Forum itself keeping the work effort going and supporting Northumberland.”

Councillor Gordon Castle, Armed Forces Veterans Champion, said: “This prestigious award shows that the county council really does mean business when it comes to helping forces veterans, young and old. As a retired RAF officer myself I can testify at first hand how difficult it can be for some members of the armed forces to adapt to the outside world when they have been used to life in uniform. The forces demand excellence in all operational matters and even the ultimate sacrifice at times of conflict. It is absolutely proper that we do all within our power to ensure that society welcomes those that looked after it. I congratulate the council officers, in particular Jackie Roll,  and all those members of our forum who have brought about this award - it is a just recognition of their hard work.”

MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Armed Forces. She said:
“ I am so proud of the council for receiving this award, which is well deserved. The armed forces covenant is a key national issue which I have championed ever since arriving in Parliament in 2015. There is more to do, and I would encourage all Northumbrian employers, large or small, to consider how they can be part of the armed forces covenant family. We owe a duty to all those men and women and all their families, who put their lives on the line for our safety, prosperity and security. Huge congratulations to Northumberland County Council for their amazing, and continuing, efforts".
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