Council signs to support service personnel

�Ian Watson; Bailie Gordon Matheson signs armed forces covenant ,City Chambers,Glasgow
�Ian Watson; Bailie Gordon Matheson signs armed forces covenant ,City Chambers,Glasgow

SERVICE personnel and their families are to receive support from Glasgow city council as the authority signs up to the new Armed Forces Community Convenant (AFCC).

The council is the first in Scotland to join the pledge, which aims to bring organisations together in support of armed force members past and present.

It’s in addition to the authority’s Helping Heroes initiative launched in July last year, which provides access to housing, employment, benefits and medical treatment to veterans.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “I’m really pleased that we are bringing together public and private sector organisations to sign this covenant.

“I hope that in addition to the services we already provide we can further demonstrate our commitment to serving and ex-service personnel and their families by truly understanding their needs and making sure they’re not disadvantaged in any way while living and working in Glasgow”.

The UK government has allocated £30 million over the next four years to support the AFCC, and grants will be administered to projects on its behalf through the Ministry of Defence.