The signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant
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Last week I was delighted to be at the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Worcestershire at County Hall. In my remarks at the event I was able to combine my role as both an MP and as a Defence Minister. It was really heartening to be there for this welcome statement of the countyís support for the armed forces.
Last year the Government published a new tri-Service Armed Forces Covenant, setting out the key relationships between the Armed Forces, the Government and the Nation. This national covenant aims to improve the support available for the armed forces community; one of its most important aspects is to support those who have been injured as a result of their service to our county.

As well as the national covenant, local communities can also show their support for the armed forces. The Community Covenant scheme was also launched last year and is a voluntary state of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community, in the form of a written pledge. Local organisations, public and private, from across the county signed the covenant and I look forward to hearing how this pledge transforms into real life work.

The signing of the covenant also gave me the opportunity to announce that the Ministry of Defence has accepted Wychavon District Councilís offer for the remaining land at the former Norton barracks. Around ten affordable homes will be built here for current and ex service men and women and their families. I am delighted that the hard work of Councillor Rob Adams, the council and the housing association has paid off.

We should all be proud that communities and organisations across Worcestershire are showing their commitment to the brave men and women who have fought, or are fighting for our country.

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