New pledge signed to support armed forces

The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe; Lieutenant Colonel Richard Elliott; County Manager Royal British Legion, Russ Murray; and the Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, John Mothersole; front, from left, Group Captain Ian Tolfts; The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody; Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Sylvia Dunkley; leader of Sheffield Council, Councillor Julie Dore; Commander David Pickthall; and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Parsons.
The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe; Lieutenant Colonel Richard Elliott; County Manager Royal British Legion, Russ Murray; and the Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, John Mothersole; front, from left, Group Captain Ian Tolfts; The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody; Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Sylvia Dunkley; leader of Sheffield Council, Councillor Julie Dore; Commander David Pickthall; and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Parsons.
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ARMED Forces personnel living in Sheffield are set to get more support after a special covenant was signed to recognise the role they play.

The Community Covenant was approved by Sheffield Council and signed on behalf of the Army by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Parsons, Commanding Officer of 38 Signal Regiment.

The document is a statement of mutual support between the civilian community and local armed forces.

It will ensure services such as housing, education and social care help support the needs of current and former members of the military.

Also present at the Town Hall signing were Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley, Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody and Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore.

Coun Dore said: “In the last five years there have been around 300 new entrants to the Armed Forces from Sheffield, and in our city we have 1,300 individuals receiving a pension or compensation following active service.

“Those who serve our country risk their lives and wellbeing to protect our freedom, together with their families, play a vital role in our community.

“As a city we must do all we can to support them.”

Lt Col Parsons added the covenant was a ‘fantastic initiative’.

The signing of the pledge opens access to a fund of £30 million, which provides financial aid to local projects which strengthen the aims of the covenant.

It is estimated one person in six is serving, a member of the ex-service community, a carer, dependent or close family member of a veteran.