Veterans Charter is marching forward

A Veterans’ Charter — and a “community covenant” with the armed forces — came a step closer on Tuesday (10 January) evening.

Thurrock Council’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny committee is supporting the move following a three-member task and finish group investigation.

The committee heard from the chair of the group, Cllr Danny Nicklen, who said things moved quickly after the council agreed to investigate having a Veterans’ Charter with increasing focus on a community covenant with the armed forces.

Cllr Nicklen also thanked the voluntary groups and veterans organisations for their help and input and added that the mood was for help to be provided for serving personnel as well as former members of the armed services.

The committee agreed to recommend that the council adopts a Veterans’ Charter — a draft version is available to see on the council’s website (www.thurrock.gov.uk) via Consultations, Veterans’ Charter and consultation responses — and that the council develops an information pack to inform and support access to services by veterans.

In addition, the council should work towards creating a community covenant and Thurrock should host an “annual community event” to mark Armed Services Day.

As part of developing the covenant, the council and veteran charities want to meet with those who responded to the recent veterans survey – and others with an interest in knowing more. A meeting will be held between 10am and 11.30am at Stanley Lazell Hall, Dell Road, Grays on Tuesday 24 January.

To register your interest or for more information contact Communities Development via communites@thurrock.gov.uk or call 01375 652486.

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