Council honoured for Armed Forces support

Coun Dave Ledger, left, with the Armed Forces award.
Coun Dave Ledger, left, with the Armed Forces award.

Northumberland County Council has been honoured for its work in supporting the Armed Forces.

The council was one of eight local organisations which received a Ministry of Defence Silver Award at a special presentation event at Beamish Hall Hotel.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) rewards and recognises UK employers for their support and commitment towards defence. The scheme celebrates organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Coun Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of the council and the council’s Armed Forces champion, said: "We have a long and proud history at this council of supporting the local Armed Forces community including personnel, veterans and their families. We provide a whole range of services for the Armed Forces, from support and advice with childcare to mental-health provision and employment and training information."

The authority is also part of the Northumberland Armed Forces community covenant - a signed voluntary statement of mutual support between the council and representatives from the Armed Forces. This is a public promise of support from the people of Northumberland, aimed at the local Armed Forces community and aims to:

• encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas, and vice versa;

• promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community;

• recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community;

• encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life.

Coun Ledger added: “It was a great honour for the council to be recognised and reflects the work we do throughout the year in support of all the Armed Forces and their families. It is particularly timely due to the large number of military staff who are now based in the county.”