Tameside wins silver for armed forces commitment

Date Released - 07/08/2018

TAMESIDE Council been selected for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Silver Award.

This recognises the excellent progress the authority’s Armed Forces Covenant Team has made in developing pathways for tackling service-personnel issues and actively communicating its status as a services-friendly organisation.

Tameside was nominated by Ministry of Defence and is one of only a small number of councils to have received the award at silver level.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.

ERS encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community. This includes reservists; service-leavers; veterans; the wounded, injured and sick; cadets; military spouses or partners and their families.

Cllr Brenda Warrington, executive leader of Tameside Council, commented: “When we signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012, we made a public and official demonstration of support to all those people who are serving, or have served, our country by being members of the armed forces.

“As a council, we are determined that they should not suffer any disadvantage in comparison with civilians. By winning the ERS Silver Award I hope we have proved that we are making good on that commitment

“I would like to thank everyone that has worked so hard to make this happen, including the Tameside Armed Services Community.”

Lt Gen Richard Nugee, chief of defence (people), said: “All silver award winners have demonstrated a considered commitment to the armed forces community, whether through human resources policies which support serving reservists and cadet force adult volunteers, employment schemes for service-leavers, flexible leave for service spouses and partners, or direct support to the veteran community.

“Silver award winners ensure that the men and women who serve and have served our nation are treated fairly.”

The award will be presented in November at a ceremony hosted by North West Reserve Forces and Cadet Association.

In Tameside, support is supplied through the Armed Forces Covenant in many ways including education and family well-being, having a home, starting a new career and access to healthcare.

Service personnel, past and present, are also encouraged to get involved in projects such Armed Forces Day and the bee flowerbed in Hyde Park, Hyde, which commemorates all those affected by the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.

Much of this community work is led by the Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) which provides the face of the covenant throughout the borough.

Tameside Council actively encourages businesses and organisations to support and promote the covenant.

www.tameside.gov.uk/armedforcescovenant



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