An Armed Forces Champion has been elected by the Borough Council.
Cllr. Barry Panter has become the first elected member to be appointed to this role, which is the single point of contact within the Council for all issues relating to the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant was adopted by the Council in 2012 and is a “promise by the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.”
The Council reaffirmed its commitment to the covenant at its meeting on 24 July and, in addition, formally appointed Cllr. Panter as the Armed Forces Community Champion.
Cllr. Panter said: “I am really pleased and proud to have been chosen for this hugely important role and fully understand the responsibility that goes with it. I feel that I am absolutely the right person for the job because of my background and experience.
“I served my country in the armed forces, having spent many years in the RAF, and once I left the air force I served in the police force for more than 20 years. I understand personally how difficult it can be to ultimately find yourself on ‘Civvy Street’, the massive adjustments that are required to make the transition - and how important the support the Covenant provides can be.”
“My first task will be to find out from the Ministry of Defence the extent of preparation for civilian life they provide to service men and women, veterans and other personnel.”
Cllr. Panter served in the RAF and started his career in Norfolk. As a technician, he was posted to Germany where he worked with Harrier vertical take-off jets, also known as Jump Jets. On his return to the UK he was posted to training command in Anglesey.
A guide to the Local Authority Armed Forces Covenant can be found in the Useful Documents Section of this page along with the Local Government Association Briefing Note.
If you need further information please contact Cllr Panter at Barry.Panter@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk
Useful links have been attached to this page for various organisations supporting the Covenant.
Last updated 16 October 2019