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Gold Award for commitment to Armed Forces Covenant

Perth & Kinross Council is to receive the Gold Award for its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme honours employers with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for their level of support to the Armed Forces.

Gold Award winners must demonstrate outstanding support for those who serve or have served.

Perth & Kinross Council offers reservists and cadets up to 15 days paid leave for training each year; and provides a staff network for veterans, reservists and cadets - new members are always welcome.

The Council also produces a Veterans First guide, for those who are leaving the Services and settling in Perth and Kinross.  The Council also has named contacts for veterans in a range of services including housing, welfare rights, education and employability.

As an employer, the Council welcomes applications from former service personnel or reservists for the skills and values they bring to the local authority.

 This has been evident during the Coronavirus pandemic when many staff with an armed forces background have taken on new roles to support Perth and Kinross residents.

Councillor Chris Ahern, Armed Forces Champion for Perth and Kinross, said he was "delighted" Perth & Kinross Council is to receive the award.

He said: "As the Veterans and Armed Forces Champion, I am delighted that Perth & Kinross Council has been given the Gold Award in recognition of its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

"The Employers Recognition Scheme shows the commitment of an organisation by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and pledging its support to the Armed Forces Community. Achieving Gold means an organisation has gone far beyond the basic principles."

Councillor Ahern added: "Perth & Kinross Council's approach to Armed Forces reservists and Cadet Force volunteer who work for the Council embraces the Covenant principles.

"It also demonstrates the Council's commitment to working with our Armed Forces and partner organisations who also work with and support our Armed Forces, veterans, volunteers and families."

Provost Dennis Melloy said: "I signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2017 when I received the Silver Award in a presentation ceremony in Edinburgh Castle on behalf of Perth & Kinross Council.

 "This is without doubt a wonderful tribute to everyone involved as we have a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces in Perth and Kinross and their contribution to society and I am delighted we have been given this Gold Award as recognition of that work."