Havant Borough Council has been honoured by a national scheme for its commitment to support armed forces personnel.
Being presented to The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Elaine Shimbart at a full council meeting on Wednesday 13th December the bronze award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme, shows how the council promotes being armed forces-friendly.
Havant Borough Council renewed its commitment to the covenant, run by the Ministry of Defence, in March 2017, pledging to support members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force living and working in the borough. Since joining the scheme the council has supported returning forces personnel and their families in areas such as housing, family support, health and leisure, as well as being open to employing reservists, veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses and partners.
Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet lead for communities and housing said “We at Havant Borough Council have many Councillor's and officers who are Service Veterans and so are especially proud to have received this award. Our Service Personnel do a tremendous job in protecting our country and keeping its residents safe and this means a great deal to us."
Councillor Gary Hughes Armed Forces Champion added “I am delighted that having signed the Community Covenant, our officers are working hard to ensure that we uphold our commitment to our serving and ex-serving men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.”