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'Community covenant' to support armed services.

A SPECIAL "community covenant" with the armed forces is likely to be set up in Bridgend.

The Government-backed scheme offers local authorities funding for civilian projects that demonstrate the community's support for the work and sacrifices of Britain's army, navy and air force.

Such covenants aim to encourage people to support the armed forces in their neighbourhoods in the longer term, nurture awareness about the issues that affect service people and recognise their sacrifices.

They also aim to improve the integration of armed forces personnel into local life, get them to help their civilian neighbours and undertake projects that benefit the broader community.

The council's cabinet has been urged to appoint assistant chief executive Andrew Jolley as lead officer, and arrange meetings with politicians and military representatives to draw up an action plan for a draft community covenant.

Bids for any projects will then be assessed by the Ministry of Defence and HM Treasury.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 9, 2013
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