01/12/17: Breckland's 'Silver Award' status for Armed Forces support reaffirmed
At the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Awards ceremony, Breckland Council Deputy Leader Sam Chapman-Allen was presented with a certificate re-accrediting the council's Silver Award status and recognising its continuing support for the armed forces.
At the ceremony, held at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, six businesses* in the East Anglia region were presented with their first Silver Award and a further 61 businesses and organisations had their Silver Award status re-accredited.
Cllr Chapman-Allen said: "We owe an immense debt to our military personnel, who face great personal danger to keep us safe. Breckland has a long tradition of close links with and support for the armed forces, including our involvement with the community 'Welcome Home' parades organised for returning troops, the flexible working arrangements we offer for reservists and the support we offer to serving and former servicemen, and their widows, through our Council Tax Reduction scheme."
The Armed Forces Covenant Silver Employer Recognition Scheme recognises employers for their support and commitment to Defence. Silver Award holders demonstrate this by employing at least one person from the defence community and supporting reservists through flexible working arrangements. The organisations have also signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which is pledge to treat armed forces personnel, both retired and serving, with respect and fairness.
Breckland was first given the Silver Award in 2014. For further information about the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme, and how to become an accredited employer, visit www.earfca.org.uk/employers/employer-recognition-scheme.
*the six businesses receiving the Silver Award for the first time were Anglian Demolition & Asbestos Ltd (Norfolk), Carbon60 Ltd (Bedfordshire), Colchester Institute (Essex), Cranfield University (Bedfordshire), CS Hodges and Son Ltd (Hertfordshire) and Servest Ltd (Suffolk)