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Funding success will support armed forces community

Published on Wednesday, 19th April 2017

NBBC in partnership with NWBC has successfully secured funding from the Ministry of Defence to deliver plans that support local military personnel, veterans and forces families.

Funding has been obtained for a fulltime development officer who will deliver the district Community Covenant Action Plan. This Plan promotes support for the armed forces community in the area, raising public understanding and awareness of the issues facing military families. 

The national Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. It’s a Government pledge to work with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the forces through services, policy and projects. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families and it establishes how they should expect to be treated; it exists to redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made.

Around 11% of the population of Northern Warwickshire are members of the armed forces community, with there being more than 550 soldiers and families at Gamecock (Bramcote) Barracks and in excess of 20,000 veterans within the area, more than 13,500 of whom reside within the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough and around 7,000 within the North Warwickshire Borough.

"It’s fantastic news that we’ve managed to secure this funding to help us better support our armed forces community. The funding provides a significant boost for our military families as it provides a key point of contact for them, making it easier to comment on matters of concern to them.

“As a Council we are totally committed to the Armed Forces Covenant and our hard work in this area has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence with a bronze award in its Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).”

Barry Longden, Council representative to the Armed Forces Community Covenant

“It is extremely good news that we have been able to obtain funding to appoint this post which will be dedicated to supporting our veterans and current serving  personnel. They will be able to act as a point of contact to deal with issues affecting people in these challenging times.”

Chris Brewer, Deputy Chief Executive at North Warwickshire Borough Council