Pledging our support for the Armed Forces

Kirklees Council and its partners pledged support for Britain’s servicemen and women by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, a formal declaration that acknowledges our close co-operation with the Armed Forces Community.

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Who was involved?

The Armed Forces Covenant was signed on Tuesday 11 July by the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Sheard, all Group leaders including Councillors David Hall, Nicola Turner, Andrew Cooper and Charles Greaves, Major Lisa Marr on behalf of the Armed Forces Community, Chief Superintendent Steven Cotter on behalf of West Yorkshire Police and representatives from West Yorkshire SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, the Royal British Legion and Third Sector Leaders.

What have they said about our pledge?

Councillr Masood Ahmed, Chair of the Armed Forces Covenant Board said:

“Kirklees Council originally signed the Covenant in June 2012 and I am delighted that the Council is showing its continued support by signing it again. The sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community should not be forgotten and this Covenant is our commitment to ensure that the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Kirklees do not face disadvantage, compared to other citizens, in the provision of public and commercial services.”

Major Lisa Marr, Head of Engagement (Yorkshire & The Humber) 4 Infantry Brigade said:

“When an organisation signs the Covenant not only does it pledge its support to our Armed Forces past and present, but to those people within its own business who may serve as a Reservist or as a Cadet Force adult volunteer, and displays its willingness to welcome these people into its workforce. We’re very much looking forward to signing the Armed Forces Covenant with Kirklees Council and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Help with housing, employment, health and well-being are just some of the issues that organisations across Kirklees can help people with.

Find out more about support:

To find out about support available for you and your family if you have ever served in the Armed Forces check the Kirklees Council website.

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