Councils back plan to resettle Army staff in community
CIVIC leaders in Derbyshire have agreed to help former servicemen back into civilian life.
They have signed a community covenant, the aim of which is to encourage local communities to support servicemen and women in their area and promote understanding and awareness of issues which affect the Armed Forces.
Derbyshire County Council chairman George Wharmby and the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Lisa Higginbottom, were joined by civic leaders from Derbyshire's eight borough and district councils, including Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Erewash Borough Council, to sign the joint covenant.
Mr Wharmby said: "We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our Armed Forces – both past and present – for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.
"We recognise that, by working together, we can provide unified support for serving and former Armed Forces members and their families who already live and work in Derbyshire – and to those who choose to resettle into our community. Signing this joint covenant formalises that."