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Crawley Council awarded for commitment to Armed Forces community

Cabinet member for Community Engagement, Councillor Brenda Smith says the award ‘reflects the council’s continued commitment to the Armed Forces.’

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Crawley Borough Council has been recognised for its commitment to the Armed Forces community with a prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme silver award.

The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2013. It aims to:

  • Strengthen the supportiveness and understanding between the Armed Forces community and the wider community
  • Raise awareness of issues faced by the Armed Forces community
  • Encourage further integration into local life
  • Continue and develop opportunities for 103 Battalion REME to support community activity
  • Organise and encourage participation in events and joint projects.

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The council also signed up to the Veterans’ Interview Programme, which guarantees an interview to ex-servicemen and women who meet the essential criteria of the job they have applied for.

Councillor Brenda Smith, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said:

“This award is very pleasing and reflects the council’s continued commitment to the Armed Forces.

“We work closely with the local Armed Forces Community, meeting our pledges in the Community Covenant and holding events like Armed Forces Day and planting the Heroes Walk in Memorial Gardens.”

Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, said:

“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme silver awards. A silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community.

“The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The scheme encompasses awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces Veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is enshrined in law, and the Government is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the Armed Forces community by working with a range of delivery partners who are signatories of the Covenant. Signatories include local authorities, charities, community organisations and businesses.

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West Sussex raises alert level as more coronavirus cases are confirmed

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The current alert level in West Sussex has been escalated to “yellow” (raised local alertness) which means there is an increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is in line with the increase in cases being seen nationally. There were 116 confirmed cases in West Sussex in the last seven days.

The County Council has introduced a traffic light system (green, yellow, amber and red) to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

With the rise in cases, residents are being asked to take preventative action to stop the spread of the virus.

This includes following the “Rule of Six” which means you should not meet in groups of more than six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors.

Residents should continue to wash hands regularly, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when appropriate and get tested when they have symptoms.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“So far in West Sussex we have seen a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus. However in line with national trends there has been an increase in recent weeks of the number of people who have tested positive.

“It is important we do all we can to keep numbers as low as possible. In line with government guidance, please do not meet in groups of more than six people. It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly, keep socially distanced, wear a face mask where appropriate and get tested when you have symptoms.

“I am very grateful to all residents for their continued efforts to ensure the county remains safe. We have done so well to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county up until now and we are keen to keep it that way to ensure we can #KeepWestSussexSafe.”

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