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Council’s support for armed forces recognised

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The Ministry of Defence has presented Dudley Council with an award in recognition of the authority’s commitment and support to serving and former armed forces personnel.

The council has been given the silver award as part of the MoD’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

Councillor Anne Millward, the Mayor of Dudley, and Councillor Damian Corfield, the local authority’s armed forces champion, received the award in the mayor’s parlour yesterday. (Thu)

It was presented to them by Captain Andy Peters and Sergeant Adam Sefton, of the B Squadron Royal Yeomanry Regiment.

The scheme encourages employers to pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant, which Dudley Council signed up to in 2012.

As an employer, Dudley Council has numerous policies in place to support former forces personnel joining the workforce and those who are serving as volunteers.

It supports reservist employees during times of mobilisation and demobilisation, offers additional paid leave to staff who are cadet force adult volunteers and supports the employment of veterans and service leavers by offering an internal mentor to aid their transition into the civilian workforce.

Councillor Anne Millward, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

As a council we fully support and respect our armed forces personnel, and take great pride in our strong connections with local military organisations.
Men and women serving in the forces sacrifice a great deal and we feel it’s only right they are given support when transitioning to life in the civilian workforce.
We like to celebrate and commemorate their efforts at our annual armed forces day event, which had been running for a number of years before Covid and will hopefully make a welcome return next year.
We also hold our annual Remembrance Sunday service to honour those that have fallen, the most significant event in the civic calendar.

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