Published 11 June 2012
Ealing Council signed up to a special covenant this week, committing it to providing more support to military personnel in the borough.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed by Councillor Julian Bell on behalf of the council and Colonel Hugh Purcell, chief executive of the Reserved Forces and Cadet Association, on behalf of the armed forces.
The covenant aims to increase awareness of the issues facing members of the armed forces in Ealing and to recognise the sacrifices they have made, both past and present. It will mean better support for members of the military, their families and veterans.
By signing the covenant, groups and organisations in the borough will have access to government grants of between £100 and £250,000 to fund projects to help strengthen ties between the armed forces and the wider community. Ealing Council will also be able to apply for funding through the scheme to help build on initiatives for the armed forces community, such as greater access to housing, transport, health and childcare.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: The Community Covenant will boost the profile of the armed forces in Ealing and will help to recognise and remember the sacrifices made. They deserve our respect, support and fair treatment, all of which this covenant will help to bring about.