Council set to pledge more support for soldiers

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A PLEDGE has been proposed to build relationships between serving and ex-soldiers and the wider community.

On Wednesday, Durham County Council’s ruling cabinet will be asked to agree the signing of an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The voluntary statement would support the national covenant, launched last May under the principle that Armed Forces community members should not suffer disadvantage as a result of their service.

A local-level agreement would aim to encourage communities to support the armed forces personnel in their area and nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting servicemen and women.

It also aims to recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community and encourage activities to integrate the armed forces community into local life.

Council leader Simon Henig said: “There are thousands of ex-service personnel living in the North East.

“As a council we already do a lot to support them and show our gratitude.

“However, there is always scope to do more and the signing of the community covenant will reinforce our commitment.”