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Cornwall Council awarded a prestigious Gold award under the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme

Cornwall Council is proud to become one of the first employers in Cornwall to be awarded a prestigious Gold award under the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

The authority is among 127 organisations in the country, and one of only two in Cornwall, to be awarded the prestigious status alongside national companies including Microsoft and the Post Office. 

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The award recognises organisations’ support for Veterans, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Spouses and Partners of those serving in the Armed Forces and their wider support for the Armed Forces community.

Councillor Andrew Mitchell, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, welcomed the news. 

He said:  “This award is a fantastic acknowledgement of the steps that we have taken with armed forces colleagues to support our armed forces community. 

“The forces represent an important and much valued part of Cornwall with over three thousand serving personnel and approximately 39,000 veterans living here. 

“As an employer, we have put in place arrangements which support our staff to serve as members of the Reserve Forces, we have developed policies to reflect the specific needs of the armed forces in our Housing and Children’s’ services and have been delighted to host the veterans outreach service in Cornwall, providing information and advice to the military community and their families on a wide range of issues. 

“We work closely with armed forces colleagues across Cornwall, military charities and our NHS partners.  Today’s award is recognition of the success of this collective effort.”

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, said: “The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location.

“I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adopted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.

“I am delighted that so many companies are supporting our people and that, through this scheme, we can give them the public recognition they deserve.”

Colonel Craig Hampton Stone, commanding officer of the 165 Port & Maritime Regiment at Derriford, said:  “As the Army lead for civil engagement in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, I am delighted that Cornwall Council has been accredited with Gold status of the Employer Recognition Scheme. 

“Having worked closely with the council and in particular the Covenant Partnership Board for the last two-and-a-half years, I have personally witnessed the genuine care and huge investment in the military community, providing outstanding support to both the serving personnel and veterans within the county. 

It is heart-warming to know that the council recognises the sacrifices made by our armed forces and the continued support they require after service life. 

“The council truly deserves this accolade and we look forward to a continued and strengthening relationship between the council and the military community.”

 Posted July 31, 2020