Council signs pledge to support armed forces

DECLARATION: Signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
DECLARATION: Signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Kirklees Council and its partners recently pledged their support for Britain’s servicemen and women by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, a formal declaration that acknowledges their close co-operation with the Armed Forces Community.

The Armed Forces Covenant was signed by the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Sheard, all Group leaders, Major Lisa Marr on behalf of the Armed Forces Community, Chief Superintendent Steven Cotter on behalf of West Yorkshire Police and representatives from West Yorkshire SSAFA, the Royal British Legion and Third Sector Leaders.

Councillor Masood Ahmed, chair of the Armed Forces Covenant Board, said: “Kirklees Council originally signed the Covenant in June 2012 and I am delighted that the council is showing its continued support by signing it again.

“The sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community should not be forgotten.”

Major Lisa Marr, Head of Engagement (Yorkshire & The Humber) 4 Infantry Brigade said: “When an organisation signs the covenant not only does it pledge its support to our Armed Forces past and present, but to those people within its own business who may serve as a Reservist or as a Cadet Force adult volunteer, and displays its willingness to welcome these people into its workforce.

“We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”