Council receives silver award from the Armed Forces Covenant

Published: Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The support Northampton Borough Council pledges to defence personnel has been acknowledged with a Silver Award in the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Borough Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant when it was originally introduced in 2013.

Since then the Council has introduced numerous measures to show its support to Armed Forces personnel, as an employer as well as in the community. These measures include Council staff being trained to signpost to the support available for ex-service personnel, establishing a single point of contact within the housing department and amending the housing allocations policy to ensure that they are given priority. This is in addition to holding regular community events to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day.

Over the past 12 months the Council has also extended this support by amending HR policies to enable any Reserve staff to attend training related to their voluntary role.

As a result of the measures implemented over the last year, the Council has now progressed to a Silver Award in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “The Council is proud to provide ongoing support to Armed Forces Personnel living and working in the town.

“Whether in active service today or if they fought decades ago, our service men and women deserve recognition, and support, as and when it’s needed. The measures we have introduced have helped to achieve this and we will continue to work with partners to ensure our commitment continues each year."