Council recognises armed forces

NEARLY a year after agreeing to ensure services are fully appropriate to the needs of armed forces personnel and families, the council is ready to sign a community covenant.

But the Calderdale Health and Well Being Board will get to review it first, council leaders have agreed.

The aim is to ensure individuals and their families are not disadvantaged by military service.

Last October, Calderdale Council formally thanked members of the armed forces for putting their lives on the line to protect freedom and promised to create a covenant to ensure services such as health, housing, education and social care are appropriate.

They have introduced a council tax discount for personnel with homes in Calderdale who are stationed outside the area.

The covenant should lead to special contact arrangements for local services, a senior officer participating in the armed forces support network, the appointment of a Councillor Champion for the Armed Forces and a regular review of health needs for ex-service peronnel.