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Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.

The covenant's twin underlying principles are that members of the armed forces community 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 the most such as the injured or the bereaved.

Wiltshire pledges commitment to working together with its Armed Forces at covenant signing

 Wiltshire Council has reaffirmed its commitment to the Armed Forces communities by signing the Wiltshire Council Armed Forces Covenant supported by senior military and civilian leaders.

The reaffirmation of the covenant recognises the service of people in the Armed Forces and commits those signing the covenant to do all they can to ensure Service Personnel are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day to day lives.  Wiltshire Council signed the agreement and committed to work with the military by brining their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide help and advice to members of the Armed Forces community.  Public representatives and businesses supported the signing.  The covenant provides benefits to communities and affirms the many advantages that can be gained by supporting the covenant and working with the Armed Forces by employing reservists, veterans or military families, as well as outlining what services small businesses could offer the military community.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Military Civilian Integration, signed the document with Colonel Gary McDade, Commander South West alongside Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson, Paul Moorby, Chair of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Darren Langdown, Area Manager for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

Cllr Clewer said We have a long and proud association with the military in Wiltshire. We recognise the enormous benefits both economic and culturally to having a military presence in this county. This Armed Forces Covenant underlines this important relationship and the mutual benefits of working together. Wiltshire Council already has in place a range of measures to ensure we support our Armed Forces and today was an opportunity to commit again with our partners to ensuring the military that serve this country so well have a welcome and supportive home here in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire's signed covenant and a list of signatories are available on request, please e-mail (opens new window).

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