Sheffield Council wins award for armed forces work

Sheffield City Council’s work to support the armed forces has been recognised with a national award.

It was selected by the Reserves Forces and Cadets Association and Ministry of Defence to receive the Silver Employer Recognition Award for its support for the armed forces community.

The council has signed up to the community covenant, which is a pledge to commit to improving the transition from service life into civilian life for local residents and their families.

Coun Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: ”I am very proud that the council has been given this award. We made the commitment four years ago through the Community Covenant, which recognises the sacrifices that members of our armed forces make as a result of their duty.”

Coun Tony Damms added: “Those who serve in the armed forces should not face any disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.

“We have a moral obligation to the members of the services and their families. They deserve our respect, support and fair treatment and it is encouraging to see more businesses and organisations signing up to the covenant.”