Published 29 June 2016

West Dunbartonshire Council has pledged its support for Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families.

Council leader Martin Rooney and Chief Executive Joyce White signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant together with Lt Col Piers Strudwick, Commanding Officer of 7 Scots.

The Covenant aims to strengthen links between the local community and Service community living in West Dunbartonshire, by raising awareness and providing practical support.

The Council has committed to supporting members of the Armed Forces in a number of ways, including offering employment support, providing flexible working and supporting Reservists in their training needs.

An Armed Forces Support Network for staff has also been established to encourage peer support for employees whose partners or spouses are serving in the Armed Forces and for Reservists.

Councillor Rooney, who served with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, said: “As a community West Dunbartonshire is extremely supportive of our serving personnel, reservists and veterans and turn out in great numbers for our annual Armed Forces parade and veterans events. The Armed Forces Community Covenant shows our commitment to helping our servicemen and women and ensuring they can access the services they need including education, housing and employment support.”

Chief Executive Joyce White added: “I am delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant which reinforces our commitment to supporting these dedicated men and women. It is fantastic that we can count serving members of the Reserve Forces amongst our staff, as they add fantastic skills and knowledge to our workforce. West Dunbartonshire Council is committed to improving the wellbeing of our communities, and supporting Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families helps us to do just that.”