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Council Recognised for ''Life-Changing'' Work With Forces Community

Date Published: 20 August 2018
Armed Forces

Rutland County Council has received a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award for the “life-changing” work it does to support the Armed Forces community.

The Council works closely with each of the four army regiments currently based in Rutland – 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment and 2 Medical Regiment at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham, and 2 The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and 7 Regiment the Royal Logistic Corps at nearby Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore – as well as supporting armed forces families and veterans.

The ERS encourages employers to support defence and encourage others to do the same. The scheme hands out bronze, silver and gold awards to employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

As part of the latest round of ERS accolades, Rutland County Council has received a Silver Award for having signed the Armed Forces Covenant, ensuring members of the forces community are not disadvantaged in recruiting and selection processes, employing at least one Reservist and promoting positive policies towards defence people issues.

“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community.  The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood MP

The ERS recognises private companies along with public sector organisations like the emergency services, local authorities and NHS trusts.

“As a small county with a large armed forces community we pride ourselves on the support that we offer to local service personnel and their families. The armed forces do an incredible job in difficult and often dangerous circumstances. This is fully appreciated by our staff and local communities, who are rightly proud of the men and women who protect our country. To receive a Silver Award as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme is a huge honour and shows just how committed we are at every level of the Council when it comes to supporting the armed forces community.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

Rutland County Council has recently recruited a dedicated Armed Forces Officer to work with and support the Armed Forces community in Rutland and neighbouring areas.

To find out more about the support for Armed Forces families and personnel in Rutland, visit our Armed Forces page.

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