February 2020

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Published on 26 February 2020

Declaration to support armed forces personnel and families signed

Photographed on 25 February signing copies of the Declaration are Cllr Richard Keeling and Lt Col Karl Parfitt TD RE, watched by (from left to right) Brian Hall MBE, Cllr David Cox, Steve Gaskill, Cllr Martin Wrigley and Sue Wroe.

Teignbridge District Council has demonstrated its commitment to supporting current and ex-Armed Forces personnel who live locally by signing The Armed Forces Covenant.

Council Chairman, Cllr Richard Keeling signed the Covenant which says:  “We the undersigned agree to work and act together to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel (Regular & Reserve), Cadets, Veterans and military families contribute to our council, business, charity and community”.

Joining Cllr Keeling in signing the Covenant on behalf of the armed forces was Lt Col Karl Parfitt TD RE; on behalf of the Royal British Legion, Brian Hall MBE; on behalf of business was Newton Abbot Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Member Steve Gaskill; and on behalf of the voluntary sector was Teignbridge CVS Chief Officer Sue Wroe.

Teignbridge’s  Portfolio Holder for Housing Cllr Martin Wrigley and Cllr David Cox also attended the signing ceremony

Among the commitments made by the Council in signing the Covenant are:

  • Promoting the fact that we are an armed forces friendly organisation
  • Seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old
  • Striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners
  • Seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve
  • Offering support to our local cadets
  • Aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day
  • Encouraging and supporting employee fundraising for Service Charities.

Cllr Keeling said: “This is an important step by the Council which underlines our joint commitment with businesses and voluntary groups to do everything possible to promote greater understanding and awareness of the needs of the armed forces community in Teignbridge.

“As a council we are developing a programme of initiatives to boost support across the District and in signing the covenant we are also reaffirming its support for employees as reservists and veterans.”