Mansfield District Council offer support to Armed Forces

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Mansfield District Council is to further its support of Armed Forces personnel and veterans after councillors agreed a motion to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant and work with the Royal British Legion to promote awareness of the Covenant throughout the District of Mansfield.

The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the Service community in their area and promote understanding and awareness about issues affecting the Armed Forces community in their area.

It also provides a means for local groups and charities to access to a £30million Government funding stream, the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, for local projects that strengthen ties or mutual understanding between the Armed Forces Community and the wider community.

A working group will be set up within the District Council, who will meet representatives from the Royal British Legion to create a programme to introduce the principles of the Covenant within the District.

The motion was proposed by Coun Martin Lee at a meeting of the Council earlier this month. He said: “I recognise the support this District Council currently offers serving service men and women, their families and veterans. However, I feel that by committing to the Armed Forces Community Covenant we can further our support and target help to service families and personnel. I’m pleased this motion has been supported.”

Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: “The District Council has been praised for its work to support service personnel, in particular assisting veterans with housing when they leave the forces. In 2009 we signed up to, and championed, the Mansfield Veterans Charter. The District has a reputation for a high-level of recruitment to the armed forces and the Mercian Regiment holds the Freedom of the Mansfield District. The Council’s work has already been a bench mark for other local authorities to emulate. This further motion is yet another demonstration of our commitment to our returning heroes.”

A date for the official signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant is yet to be set.