County support for Armed Forces

IMPORTANT SIGNING . . . Provost Curley (right) with Lieutenant Colonel Sandy Fitzpatrick.
IMPORTANT SIGNING . . . Provost Curley (right) with Lieutenant Colonel Sandy Fitzpatrick.

NORTH Lanarkshire has signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The covenant offers support for service personnel, veterans and their families, and covers a range of issues such as housing and jobs.

It is backed by a £30 million grant scheme and is reviewed annually by the UK government.

Representatives from various North Lanarkshire-based organisations, led by Provost Tom Curley and Depute Provost Jim Robertson, signed up to the covenant in a moving ceremony at Motherwell Civic Centre last week.

They included members from the 6th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland; NHS Lanarkshire; the Veterans’ Association; Chamber of Commerce and the voluntary sector.

The Ministry of Defence set up the £30 million fund for projects linking local military bases with their local communities.

Provost Curley said: “We are delighted to sign this covenant which will help military personnel – past, present and future – in our area and recognises the tremendous sacrifices they and their families make for the country.

“In North Lanarkshire we have an excellent relationship with the Armed Forces and Veterans’ Association and this agreement will strengthen the links with serving service personnel and promote activities to reintegrate former service men and women into civilian life.”

Representing the Armed Forces at the signing ceremony was Lieutenant Colonel Sandy Fitzpatrick, Commanding Officer of 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS).

He said: “The signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant is a clear indication by North Lanarkshire of its commitment to increased integration between the community and the Armed Forces.

“It is excellent news for everyone serving in, and associated with, the military in North Lanarkshire.”