Stevenage Borough Council has pledged to help members of the armed forces by joining the Hertfordshire Community Covenant.
The countywide covenant encourages local communities to support members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force living and working in the town. Council Leader, Councillor Sharon Taylor signed up for Stevenage on Tuesday 13 December.
Work so far on the covenant has identified scope for help in the areas of housing, schooling and family support, health, leisure, job opportunities and access to public transport.
Councillor Taylor 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 it’s right that we do everything we can to support them when they return to the community.
“I’m very proud to sign the covenant so that the council can build upon the existing work being done to support the armed forces within the town. 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 do more.
“It’s important to ensure that all our armed forces men and women are properly integrated back into communities following their service and we hope that the covenant campaign will raise awareness of this locally. I would encourage other organisations and groups to pledge their support.”
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Picture shows Councillor Sharon Taylor signing the Community Covenant.
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The information contained in this press release was correct on the date of issue.