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Gold award for town's armed forces support

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Middlesbrough Council is one of 140 organisations across the UK today recognised for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards are the highest badge of honour awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.

To win an award, organisations must provide ten extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, who last year re-signed the town's Armed Forces Community Covenant, said: "Middlesbrough has a proud history of supporting the armed forces, so it's a true honour to be recognised in this way.

"As a town we will continue to do everything we can to ensure service personnel, veterans and their families always have the support they need and are treated with the dignity they deserve.

"They have made innumerable sacrifices on our behalf, so it's the very least we can do."

Organisations recognised this year include NHS trusts, educational institutions, financial services, hotels, charities, law firms, police services, football clubs and museums.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty said: "I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times.

"The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location."

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