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Covenant to support armed forces is signed

Support pledged: Commander Richard Jermy, Squadron Leader Lee Rimmer, Lt Colonel John Lighten MBE with Coun Jennifer Mein signing the covenant

Support pledged: Commander Richard Jermy, Squadron Leader Lee Rimmer, Lt Colonel John Lighten MBE with Coun Jennifer Mein signing the covenant

A pledge to support service men and women in Lancashire has been signed by organisations from across the county.

Lancashire County Council, local armed forces representatives and other organisations signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the community and its local armed forces community.

The champion for armed forces veterans, County Coun Darren Clifford, said he had high hopes for the scheme.

He said: “My hope for it is that we have a really robust network of services that are out there that can support people when they need it.”

He said: “The point of community covenants is to recognise the debt that we owe to the armed forces community veterans and their families, and as best we can to try and remove any impediments that these communities have when it comes to things like health and housing.”

He said: “There is a perception that everybody who leaves the forces is either dangerous or damaged and that’s just not the case.

“Most want to contribute and give back to the community they have come from.

“There’s a very small proportion who do need significant help and that’s where this covenant kicks in.”

Signing the covenant will also enable local projects to apply for funding from the government’s £30m Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

County Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “I am particularly pleased that we have signed our community covenant, which will further encourage communities in Lancashire to support the services in their area and promote understanding and awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community.

“The county council has long recognised the needs of serving personnel, veterans, and their families and has provided services to support them.”

 

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