Council’s support for forces wins gold
The County Council’s commitment to the county’s Armed Forces community has been recognised once again, by being re-accredited with the Gold Award in the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme.
Councillor Andrew Joy, Armed Forces Champion at Hampshire County Council, said: “We place enormous value on our long and close relationship with the Armed Forces, with more than 85,000 military personnel, veterans, reservists and MOD civilian employees across Hampshire. Receiving a Gold Award is recognition that we go beyond pledging support as an employer and local authority, by becoming advocates for the Armed Forces community, and encouraging others to do likewise. I’m delighted to see the County Council’s work recognised, and I look forward to seeing it develop further.”
A gold award shows that the council has pledged, demonstrated and advocated support to defence and the armed forces community, and has values aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant.
This award renews the accreditation first secured by the council in 2016.
The council employs a number of ex-service personnel and reservists from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force, with reservists entitled to two weeks additional paid leave for duties.