At its meeting last Thursday, the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet renewed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC).
The AFC is a pledge to acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
Leader of the council, Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox, said: “As someone who has had family in the armed forces for a number of years, I was particularly honoured to bring this motion before cabinet. By signing the covenant, we are renewing and demonstrating the council’s commitment to support the armed forces community.
“It also reaffirms the value serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families give to our Island and the UK.”
Former soldier, Cllr Ian Dore, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “I am heartened to see that the council has confirmed its commitment to be a forces-friendly employer. It’s as welcome as a freshly-made brew, whilst dug in on a cold misty morning. That gets a ‘cheers marra’, from your oppo! So does this.
“The AFC, through specific pledges to former and present armed forces personnel, makes sure support and employment opportunities are available. I salute the cabinet for voting in its favour, as I’m sure the Island’s military community will too.”
Details of the help and support available through the AFC can be found on the council’s website, iwcouncil.gov.uk.