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Council awarded for commitment to armed forces

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Neath Port Talbot Council has been awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme’s Bronze Award, in national recognition of its commitment to the Armed Forces.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and to inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses three awards: bronze, silver and gold. Employer organisations who receive this award pledge to support and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

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Neath Port Talbot Council has been a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant since 2013 and has worked hard to support the local armed forces community.

The council has set up a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for ex-service personnel, employs a Regional Armed Forces Liaison Officer and is supported by the Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Chris James.

The Chief Executive of Neath Port Talbot Council, Karen Jones, said: “I am proud the council has received this award in recognition of its continuing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. We as a council support service families and are proud to have them working and living in Neath Port Talbot and understand the value this community brings to our workforce.”

Armed Forces Champion Cllr Chris James said: “I am delighted Neath Port Talbot Council has been recognised for supporting the local armed forces community by attaining the bronze award and I hope the council will continue its efforts in moving towards obtaining the silver award accreditation.”

(Lead image: Neath Port Talbot Council)

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