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Forces Gold!

HRH Prince Harry of Wales has presented an Armed Forces Covenant Gold Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Award to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

The award is the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious badge of honour for organisations who have demonstrated outstanding support for the Armed Forces Community, including Veterans and Reservists.

Accepting the award on behalf of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Armed Forces, Cllr Maureen Webber.

The presentation was hosted at the Imperial War Museum in London by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

Cllr Maureen Webber, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Armed Forces, said:

“As an organisation, we recognise the huge sacrifices that our servicemen and women make every day to keep us safe, while we also appreciate the role that their families and the wider Armed Forces community play.

“We will continue to work hard in raising awareness for our Armed Forces members, past and present, and the fact that the celebration events we hold carry on going from strength to strength just goes to show that their contribution is deeply valued by all of Rhondda Cynon Taf.”

Accepting the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award with Cllr Webber were the Council’s HMF Education Support Officer and Reservist Jason Hurford and Principal Officer and Reservist Karen Spencer-Jenkins.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, said:

“This year’s Gold award winners should be extremely proud of the work they are doing to live up to the Armed Forces Covenant pledge and to promote the pledge to others.

“I am delighted to recognise employers who make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business.

“I hope others follow their example, thereby delivering a better deal for Veterans and Armed Forces families.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and face no disadvantage in accessing public and private services.

HRH Prince Harry thanked all of this year’s winners and heard about their successful initiatives, such as providing Veterans with second careers and training, flexibility for Reservists to undertake training or service and job opportunities for military spouses.