East Lothian Council Granted Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award
- Submitted by: Martin Whitfield, South Scotland, Scottish Labour.
- Date lodged: Tuesday, 05 September 2023
- Motion reference: S6M-10329
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that East Lothian Council has been granted an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, which is the Ministry of Defence’s highest award for organisations that employ and support reservists, service leavers, veterans and their families; notes that the award has been made to the council for its work in support of the local armed forces community, including the development and signing of an East Lothian Armed Forces Covenant, which brings together key partners from the council alongside health, education, service and veterans’ organisations to create policy and practices to support armed forces personnel, both serving and retired, and their families; understands that, after receiving the Silver Award in October 2019, the council has been working closely with armed forces organisations and voluntary sector partners to undertake a range of further actions on this agenda, including the establishment of an Armed Forces Employee Network within the council, and congratulates everyone who has been involved in this important work on their success in securing the Gold Award.
Clare Adamson, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Stephen Kerr, Fulton MacGregor, Marie McNair, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Tess White