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Local businesses commit to Corporate Covenant

Councillor Peter Sinclair-Knipe, chair of Herefordshire’s Civilian Military Task Group; Mike Smart, chair of SSAFA and Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, sign the Corporate Covenant.Herefordshire businesses alongside Herefordshire Council have made a commitment to the armed forces Corporate Covenant.

The council and local businesses have committed to honour and support the Corporate Covenant and the armed forces community by recognising the value serving regular and reservist personnel, veterans and military families contribute to our country and business.

The Corporate Covenant, which will run in conjunction with the existing Community Covenant, will ensure employment support for veterans, reservists, service spouses and partners as well as support for cadet units, Armed Forces Day and discounts for the armed forces community.

The council will endeavour in its business dealings to uphold the two key principles of the covenant, which are that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen and in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

Councillor Peter Sinclair-Knipe, chair of Herefordshire’s Civilian Military Task Group, said: “The Corporate Covenant is a voluntary pledge from local businesses and charitable organisations wishing to demonstrate support for the armed forces community in Herefordshire.

“The council is pleased to be a pivotal part of both the county’s Community and Corporate Covenant’s and will continue to ensure that military personnel and their families are supported in Herefordshire. We know that many businesses in the county are armed forces friendly and would encourage them to demonstrate their commitment by signing up to the Corporate Covenant.”

To find out more and to sign up to the Corporate Covenant, visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/corporate-covenant.

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