Call to support armed services

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A South Yorkshire council yet to sign a Community Covenant in support of the armed forces has been urged to do so in the run-up to Remembrance Day.

Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils have all signed their own covenants - but one has not yet been created in Barnsley.

Barnsley East Labour MP Michael Dugher said: “I know Barnsley Council has been in contact with the Royal British Legion and has been looking into proceeding with the Community Covenant, but I think it is now time to act.

“Remembrance Weekend is when we come together in our communities to pay tribute to our armed forces. Signing a Community Covenant would be a fitting way to recognise the sacrifices our armed forces have made,” he said.

Community Covenants made by Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley councils have guaranteed extra help to former service personnel with finding housing or accessing a range of public services.