Authority receives top award

Coun Dave Ledger, left, with Brigadier Gez Strickland, 4th Infantry Brigade Commander, at the presentation event.
Coun Dave Ledger, left, with Brigadier Gez Strickland, 4th Infantry Brigade Commander, at the presentation event.

Northumberland County Council has been honoured for its work in supporting the Armed Forces.

It was one of eight local organisations that received a Ministry of Defence Silver Award during a special presentation event at Beamish Hall Hotel.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme celebrates organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence, as well as the personnel and their families, and align their values with the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of the council and the authority’s Armed Forces champion, said: “We have a long and proud history at this council of supporting the local armed forces community, including personnel, veterans and their families.

“We provide a whole range of services – from support and advice with childcare to mental health provision and employment and training information.

“It was a great honour for the council to be recognised and praised. It reflects the work we do throughout the year in support of all the Armed Forces and their families.

“It is particularly timely due to the large number of military staff who are now based in the county.”

The authority is also part of the Northumberland Armed Forces Community Covenant. This is a signed voluntary statement of mutual support between the council and Armed Forces representatives.