That the Executive adopt the proposed Armed Forces Covenant Policy, as set out in Appendix 1 of the report.
Considered: A report of the Assistant Director Policy, Partnerships & Communities
As the Authority’s Armed Forces champion, County Councillor Carl Les introduced the report confirming that North Yorkshire was one of the first places in the UK to have an Armed Forces Covenant in place.
Neil Irving - Assistant Director Policy, Partnerships & Communities, provided an overview of the report which detailed the background to the covenant and drew attention to the new statutory duty to specified persons or bodies, including councils, to have due regard to the principles of the Covenant, when exercising certain housing, education or healthcare functions (excluding social care).
Members noted the recommendation within the report and agreed it was a timely opportunity for North Yorkshire Council to consolidate the good work already undertaken within the county and to take the necessary steps to meet the duty going forward. It was therefore
Resolved: That the proposed Armed Forces Covenant Policy, as set out in Appendix 1 of the report, be adopted.