Council handed Armed Forces bronze award

03 Mar 2017

Stevenage Borough Council has been saluted with the bronze award for its work to support the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

The council signed up to the Hertfordshire community covenant in 2011 to support members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force living and working in the town. Since joining the scheme the council has supported returning forces personnel and their families in areas such as housing, family support, health and leisure. Currently three reservists are employed by the council and they are given special leave to carry out their duties.

After receiving the award at a Full Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor John Lloyd CC, said: “Our service men and women do a tremendous job to protect our country and put their lives on the line for our safety, so I am incredibly proud that we have been given this award.

“It’s important to ensure that all our armed forces men and women are properly integrated back into communities following their service. We already provide extra help with housing to ensure service personnel and their families are given priority and we’re committed to looking at how we can build upon the existing work being done to support the armed forces within the town.”