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Supporting our armed forces

A pledge strengthening the links between the local armed forces and civilian communities in Hillingdon was signed marking the start of Armed Forces Week today, 25 June.

News release: 25 June 2012

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, joined locally based service personnel representing all three armed services to officially sign the Hillingdon Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The declaration is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and its local armed forces community. It is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces, at local level.

It aims to encourage local communities to support their armed forces, both serving and veterans, and their families, and vice versa, and promote understanding between the two communities, as well as recognising the sacrifices made by those who serve in the forces.

In a speech given today, Cllr Puddifoot said: "Service life, by its very nature, can be itinerant and sometimes places service personnel at a disadvantage. The Community Covenant endeavours to ensure that this is recognised and as part of the council's commitment I have asked my Cabinet colleague, Cllr Douglas Mills, to chair a Community Covenant Partnership Board which will focus on a review of services provided by the council and partner agencies."

The signatories to the Hillingdon Community Covenant include: Hillingdon Council, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Hillingdon, the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, The Royal British Legion, RAF Benevolent Fund and SSAFA Forces Help, Normandy Veterans Association, Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Hillingdon Hospital, Public Health and CNWL NHS Foundation Trust, Brunel University, Uxbridge College, The Chimes Shopping Centre, The Mall Limited Partnership, and Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

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