The Armed Forces Covenant

Bakewell Town Council has received the following communication from the Ministry of Defence and resolved to sign the Covenant at it's meeting to be held on Monday 16th December 2019.

"You may be aware of a campaign by the government to improve the understanding of and support for our Armed Forces. The campaign aims to develop and sustain mutually-beneficial relationships with communities, businesses and organisations in the public and private sectors in order to support the Armed Forces community. Raising awareness of these matters in local government is an important part of the campaign.

The foundation for relationships with the Armed Forces community is the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant isa means to develop a mutually-beneficial relationship with members of the Armed Forces community who work in your localities or access your services. It also provides an opportunity to recognise publicly the value that serving personnel, Regulars and Reserves, veterans and military families contribute to our country; details are on the Covenant website. Across the UK, almost 4500 organisations have signed the Covenant; 493 are in the East Midlands, including some Town and Parish Councils.

Those who have such a relationship with Defence gain access to a Defence 'menu of benefits': attract highly skilled military personnel, ex-Regulars or Reservists with core transferable skills such as IT, catering, driving, first aid and business and technical qualifications; gain access to recruitment platforms targeted at Service leavers and Service spouses, all with transferrable skill sets; have a positive impact to your Council's reputation and corporate social responsibility; get acknowledgment of your support through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme; gain access to free personal development training and leadership activities; receive discounted rates on versatile and affordable venues for hire across the UK.

All LAs at County, City, District and Borough level have signed the Covenant and we encourage Town and Parish Councils to do the same."

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:51 by John Rowe

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