Council awarded for support to Armed Forces

Posted on Monday 2nd September 2019

Newport City Council is among employers recognised for outstanding support for the Armed Forces community by Defence Minister Ben Wallace.

It is to receive an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, the MoD's  highest badge of honour for those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.

Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.

The 100 winners were recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade

Ben Wallace said: "These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

"Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give." 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: "Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it's fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.

"We're working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation."

Newport City Council is working with partners from the public services, charities and other community organisations to support serving or former members of the armed forces.

It signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2016.

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