Armed Forces Community Covenant signed in Scunthorpe by North Lincolnshire Council
A ceremony in Scunthorpe saw North Lincolnshire Council join other authorities up and down the country by signing up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
A Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community.
The aim of the covenant is to encourage local councils and communities to support the service community within their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting them.
It is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, published by the Government in 2011 as a statement of the moral obligation which exists between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant signing was undertaken at Scunthorpe Civic Centre, off Ashby Road.
Signing were Air Commodore David Stubbs (RAF), Commander Andy Riggall (Royal Navy), Colonel Jonathon Sykes (Army), and the council's Leader Councillor Liz Redfern and Chief Executive Simon Driver.
The veteran population in North Lincolnshire, based on those drawing a services pension, is around 4,000.
There are approximately 2,000 serving personnel with a Territorial Army detachment based at the Bryan Budd VC Barracks on Cottage Beck Road in Scunthorpe.
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