Gold award for Council’s support to Armed Forces Community
16 Jan 2024
Northumberland County Council has maintained its Gold Standard Award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
The scheme rewards and recognises UK employers and organisations that show outstanding support to the armed forces community. In 2018, the Council was one of just nine local authorities across the whole of the UK to receive the coveted Gold Award, which must be revalidated every five years.
The award was presented to the Council at a recent Armed Forces Forum meeting by Gary McLafferty, North East Regional Employer Engagement Director.
Cllr Jeff Watson, Armed Forces Champion said: “We are very proud to have this prestigious award revalidated for a further five years. The 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 again been recognised by this esteemed award. A huge thank you 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 revalidation shows that the Council really does mean business when it comes to helping forces veterans, young and old. We would encourage all local 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.”
Northumberland County Council is committed to supporting the local Armed Forces community. This includes current and ex-service personnel, veterans, their families, and widowers.
The Northumberland Armed Forces Forum was launched in 2012 as part of Northumberland's response to the recommendations of the North East Regional Health Overview and Scrutiny Joint Committee. The Forum develops links between the Council, Armed Forces Community and relevant partners.
To find out more about Northumberland County Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces community, visit: nland.cc/ArmedForcesSupportNland