Leaders sign the Armed Forces Community Covernant
Local Authority Leaders, through Local Government Yorkshire and Humber, have collectively expressed their support for the Military of Defence’s Community Covenant Scheme. Yorkshire and Humber has become the first region to collectively agree the covenant, signaling their support for the Armed Forces and the work they do.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant formally commits all Local Authorities in Yorkshire and Humber to work with the Armed Forces to deliver better outcomes for local communities - both military and civilian. This will be done through encouraging local communities to support the armed forces in their areas and nurturing understanding and awareness of issues relating to their community. Local Authorities, by agreeing to the covenant, promise to recognize and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community and to ensure that they are both integrated into local life and helped and supported by the wider community.
Cllr Peter Box, Chair of Local Government Yorkshire and Humber and Leader of Wakefield Council said: “Local Authority Leaders, through Local Government Yorkshire and Humber have jointly given their support for the Military of Defence’s Armed Forces Community Covenant scheme. We recognize the important role that the Armed Forces play in society and the sacrifices they make to ensure we are all safe. Local Authorities across Yorkshire and Humber are now committed to supporting the force’s personnel in their work and will ensure they are valued and fully intergrated into local and community life.
As Leaders we support our local people and communities and will ensure that the Armed Forces continue to play an active part in working with us to deliver better outcomes for our communities. I am therefore pleased that Yorkshire and Humber has become the first region to support the Armed Forces by collectively committing to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme.”
The Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme was agreed by Leaders at a meeting of the LGYH Council on 20th October 2011. The LGYH Council is made up of all Yorkshire and Humber Council Leaders, and the Chairs of the region’s Police, Fire and National Park Authorities.
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