232,000 boost for Forces Personnel, Families and Veterans in Greater Manchester

Date Released - 05/07/2017

Tameside Council, in partnership with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the other nine Greater Manchester Authorities, have reaffirmed their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant as £232,000 of funding was announced to improve access to services and online learning resources for Forces personnel, their families and veterans.

Leaders of all Greater Manchester Local Authorities, The Mayor, Greater Manchester Police and NHS leaders, alongside representatives of the Ministry of Defence signed an updated Armed Forces Covenant.

Tameside Council Deputy Leader John Taylor, who signed the Covenant on behalf of the Borough said: “Tameside has a proud tradition of supporting our Armed Forces and local Veterans through a range of events, support groups and the fantastic Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC). This grant will go a long way towards building on the support we already offer and ensure that those from Greater Manchester who serve, or have served, in the armed forces don’t have to worry about life afterwards on ‘Civvy Street’.”

The Armed Forces Covenant aims to improve support and help integrate the armed forces community into local life.  In December 2014 the Greater Manchester Combined Authority became the first combined authority to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and this led to the establishment of a city-region wide group to support the development of the Covenant across each of the ten councils.

Now the Ministry of Defence Covenant Fund has awarded Greater Manchester a grant of £232,000 so that Greater Manchester authorities can step up and continue their work in support of the updated Covenant.

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