ISHERWOOD: AM PROMOTES ARMED FORCES 'COMMUNITY COVENANTS' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2012 08:16

 

 

AN ASSEMBLY Member has highlighted the benefits of covenants which cement a bond between the armed forces and communities, such as those sealed on Anglesey and in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

Calling for a Welsh Government Statement in respect of  'Community Covenants', North Wales AM, Mark Isherwood, stressed that the signed agreements are a positive way for local communities to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community and to make a real difference to that community, helping to raise awareness of its needs and encouraging activities that allow for integration into local life.

 

 

Mr Isherwood said: “The Royal British Legion is supporting the roll out of community covenants in Wales as voluntary statements of mutual support between the armed forces and civilian communities, and it will be promoting community covenants over the next few weeks, hoping to see more local authorities following the example of Anglesey and the Vale of Glamorgan in taking forward this agenda, which I know has cross-party support.

“As you will be aware, community covenants are a positive way for local communities to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community and to make a real difference to that community, helping to raise awareness of its needs and encouraging activities that allow for integration into local life. I call for a statement, therefore, from the Welsh Government on how it will encourage local authorities to work with local partners to sign community covenants.”

 

The Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, told Mr Isherwood: “The Minister for Local Government and Communities, the Minister responsible for the armed forces, is backing the national strategy that he has published, which local authorities and all our partners are taking up in terms of the recommended actions, and the actions that we are taking. “Furthermore, the Minister has written to all local authorities regarding the opportunities that are presented by community covenants, as demonstrated by two local authorities in Wales. I know that the Minister will want to report back on that matter to the Assembly, as he receives responses.”

 

The UK Government’s Community Covenant Scheme  is supported by its Community Covenant Grant Scheme which has been established to financially support projects, at the local level, which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live.

For further information on the grant scheme and to download an application form visit: www.mod.uk

 

All Local Authorities  are being encouraged to establish a Community Covenant in their area.

Local Authorities who wish to establish a Community Covenant and are unsure of who to contact should send an e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

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