Wiltshire

Military covenant agreed and signed in Wiltshire

A community covenant has been signed in Wiltshire to provide support for military families.

The council and co-founder of Help for Heroes signed the covenant to support 30,000 personnel and their families.

It was also signed by Wiltshire's "civilian community", tying the whole county into honouring the commitment.

The covenant will enable Wiltshire to bid for Ministry of Defence (MoD) funding to run local projects aimed at improving life for military families.

Fleur De Rhe Phillippe, from Wiltshire Council, said: "It commits Wiltshire to working with the military community who are a huge part of the county and to ensure they don't suffer any disadvantages.

"The Army trains its people very well and we want to keep people coming out of the Army in Wiltshire providing us with their skills and expertise."

'Good rapport'

The covenant also commits Wiltshire to making sure the county remains an attractive location for MoD investment and that council services meet the needs of military families.

The MoD said it would award grants of between £100 and £250,000 to help communities undertake projects that "promote greater understanding between the military and civilian populations".

Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Andrew Robathan, said: "The armed forces family already enjoys a good rapport with their civilian counterparts and projects funded by the grant scheme will build even closer ties in both communities."

The national military covenant has been an unwritten agreement between the state and the armed forces, recognising that British soldiers should expect fair treatment by society.

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