Council’s efforts to help armed forces community are recognised

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Milton Keynes Council has been awarded a Bronze Certificate in recognition of its support for existing and former members of the armed forces.

The Council is an armed forces friendly organisation that supports the Milton Keynes Armed Forces Liaison Group, working with partners to provide support to veterans.

The Armed Forces Liaison Group supports civic events that recognise and remember the Armed Forces including Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day Flag Raising and Buckinghamshire Armed Forces Day.  They also lobby and raise issues of concern at local and national level.

The award comes from the Ministry of Defence under its Employer Recognition Scheme.

Local initiatives that contribute to this achievement include:

  • Engaging with local GPs to register veteran status
  • Engaging with GPs in MK to raise their awareness of the specialist health & wellbeing support that is available for veterans
  • Engaging  the business sector in understanding the benefits of employing ex-armed forces, reservists and partners of serving armed forces
  • Engaging schools in civic events to raise awareness of the role of the armed forces in protecting the nation
  • Gathering data on homeless veterans
  • Working with partners to find housing solutions for homeless veterans

Council Leader and Armed Forces Champion Pete Marland said:  “We recognise the importance of providing help, in both practical terms and advice, for people who have - on many occasions - put their lives on the line that we can live in peace. 

“We are therefore very pleased that we have received this Bronze award from the Ministry of Defence.”