Posted on: Tuesday 25 October 2022
Torfaen’s Town and Community Councils have today pledged their allegiance to support the borough’s armed forces community.
Representatives from Blaenavon, Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon, Cwmbran and Pontir Town and Community councils, together with members from the Armed Forces Community, signed the national Armed Forces Covenant at a meeting of the full council.
Henllys and Pontypool Town and Community Councils are set to sign their covenant scrolls at a later date.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Leader of Torfaen Council, Councillor Anthony Hunt, who presented the item at full council, said: “In 2013, Torfaen Council signed the armed forces covenant in recognition of the sacrifices made by our military and in order for us to provide them with the appropriate support.
“Signing of the covenant re-enforces that pledge and has meant that we have been able to progress that support to a higher level and ensure that they are not disadvantaged.
“It is an honour to witness the town and community councils of this borough in their first signing of the covenant today.“
Major Oliver Stuart, Executive Officer of the 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, said: "It is both a symbolic and a real commitment that shows a deep connection between local communities and the Armed Forces."
A framed copy of the covenant scroll will be on display at each Town and Community buildings.
By pledging their support, organisations are able to apply to the Covenant Grant Scheme, which provides financial support for local projects that strengthen ties and mutual understanding between the armed forces community and the wider community.
Eligible projects can apply for grants from £100 to £250,000,
To find out more information about the Armed Forces Covenant, visit https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/