Silver Award recognises SCC’s commitment to Armed Forces

Somerset County Council is delighted to receive the Silver Award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS) set up by Ministry of Defence. The recognition is for the Council’s support for the Armed Forces community.

The Award demonstrates the Council is a Forces Friendly employer, helping to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise from the nation to those who serve or have served that we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

The Covenant seeks to ensure fair treatment for Regulars, Reservists, Veterans and their immediate families.

Silver Award winners must actively demonstrate that servicemen and women, and their families, are not treated unfairly because they are serving in the Forces and must have an internally publicised positive Human Resources policy on employing Reservists.

Councillor Rod Williams, Chairman of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, said: ‘It’s great news that we have been recognised in this way.  The Ministry of Defence’s DERS encourages organisations of all sizes and across public, private and third sectors to support the Armed Forces community through their HR and other policies.  All of us in Somerset owe a debt to the Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association who administers the Scheme on behalf of the MOD.

“With this Silver Award, SCC joins some illustrious employer organisations who support the Defence community.  Much of the recognition is due to our Council’s Stronger Communities, Public Health team who continue to do so much for Somerset’s Armed Forces community.  My thanks go too to SCC’s small but distinguished group of veterans who keep the flag flying for those still in uniform.’

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, said: “The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location.

“I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adopted towards the Defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.”

For more information about the Employer Recognition Scheme Award, and how businesses can benefit from supporting the Armed Forces Community please contact Rachael Brannagan WX – wx-headeng@rfca.mod.uk

Further information about the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership is available at https//www.somerset.gov.uk/forcescovenant