Gosport Borough Council's support for the local armed forces community has been recognised by an award from the Ministry of Defence.
The council has won a silver award under the ministry's Employer Recognition Scheme, which highlights organisations that demonstrate exceptional support to military personnel, veterans, reservists, cadets and forces families.
Employers also need to have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise that those who serve or have served in the British military, and their families, are not disadvantaged by their service.
Cllr Marcus Murphy, the council's Armed Forces Champion and a former member of the armed forces, said: “The council is very proud of the borough’s rich military history, stretching back over 800 years. We very much value our armed forces community, which totals 13% of our population, and wish to support them.
“It’s fabulous news that we’ve got this award. The achievement is wholly down to the hard work of council staff.”
The council's support for the community includes extra leave for reservists so they can attend training, flexible working for staff whose partners are in the forces, and for cadet force adult volunteers, an armed forces staff forum which meets to tackle relevant issues, and a system to make sure jobs are advertised to service leavers.