Council pledges support

August 15, 2017

A commitment to supporting our Armed Forces has been made by Argyll and Bute Council. 

Council Chief Executive Cleland Sneddon signed the Armed Forces Covenant with HM Naval Base Clyde’s Executive Officer Commander John Livesey co-signing on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at a ceremony in Helensburgh.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Organisations signing it include councils, businesses and charities.

Mr Sneddon said: “On behalf of Argyll and Bute Council I would like to pay tribute to every member of our Armed Forces, their families and our veterans. They have made sacrifices for us and for our country and deserve our thanks, our respect, and our support.

“I am delighted to sign this Covenant and demonstrate the Council’s recognition of how important their contribution is, but also to what we will do to ensure they are fully supported in Argyll and Bute. Both we and the MoD are fully committed to working together to underpin that support, now and in the future.”

The Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Barbara Morgan, added:“The MoD is such a huge part of the Argyll and Bute community. They are doing such an important duty for us, and our country, and we will do our duty by them.”

Commander Livesey said: “The links between the Armed Forces and Argyll and Bute go back many decades. With the signing of the Covenant today we will ensure that those links remain strong and enduring into the future.

“On behalf of HM Naval Base Clyde and the entire Armed Forces I would like to thank Argyll and Bute Council for the work they have being doing to ensure that veterans, serving military personnel and their families receive the best possible welcome.”

As well as the Council pledging to uphold the Covenant’s general commitments, the document also sets out the organisation’s specific commitments which are: Promoting that they are a family-friendly organisation; striving to support the employment of service spouses and their partners; endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment; seeking to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible; offering support to cadet units, either in the community or in schools, where possible; and aiming to take part in Armed Forces Day.