Council extends its promise to veterans and serving military personnel
Published on Friday, 3rd November 2023
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has assured its continuing support to veterans and serving military by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
Deputy Council Leader, Cllr Clare Golby, signed the covenant on behalf of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council at a ceremony held in the council chamber on Monday, 30 October.
The covenant has also been signed by representatives of neighbouring authority North Warwickshire Borough Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust and South Warwickshire Foundation Trust.
Each document was counter-signed by Colonel Nicholas Sutherland on behalf of the Ministry of Defence after providing an opening address to attendees.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy, and society they serve with their lives.
Its two principles are that the Armed Forces community should not face a disadvantage compared to other citizens in providing public and commercial services in the area where they live, and special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
Cllr Clare Golby, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:
“With everything else going on in the world right now, and in this month of remembrance, it’s good to remind people that, as a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to our servicemen and women.
“As a society, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who have dedicated their lives to defending our freedoms.
“The Armed Forces Covenant is a way we can demonstrate this gratitude.
“I'm proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant extending and upholding its principles and helping our armed forces community, including veterans, reservists, and their families, lead successful civilian lives.
“Signing the covenant is a way we are honouring our commitment to them.”
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, along with other local authorities across Coventry, Warwickshire, and Solihull, initially pledged its commitment to the Armed Forces community via the Coventry, Warwickshire, and Solihull Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012.
Cllr Clare Golby representing Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council at the Armed Forces Covenant re-signing ceremony along with other signatories.
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