South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has congratulated Shropshire Council for receiving the Gold Award Certificate for their support of the Armed Forces in Shropshire, and is encouraging local employers to sign up to the Armed Forces covenant.
Shropshire Council were presented with the Award by Prince Harry at the Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony, at the Imperial War Museum in London. This puts Shropshire Council among 32 other winners of the award, and one of only six councils in the UK, leading by example in its support of Armed Forces personnel, reservists and veterans.
Mr Dunne is encouraging other local employers to follow their lead and sign up to the Armed Forces covenant. Those who commit to the Armed Forces covenant pledge to ensure those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services – and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
Mr Dunne said: “As a former Defence Minister, I am very pleased Shropshire is leading the way in delivering a better deal for service personnel, veterans, reservists and others in the Armed Forces community. I congratulate all those at Shropshire Council who have helped to deliver on the pledges set out in the Armed Forces covenant, and they should be very proud of the Gold Award.
“I hope this will now inspire other employers in Shropshire to sign up to the Armed Forces covenant, and help ensure the commitment and duty shown by our Armed Forces community is reflected through fairness and respect in the community.”