Council’s commitment to armed forces recognised with award


The Ministry of Defence presented their bronze level ‘Employer Recognition’ award to a local authority for their work with the armed forces. Wigan Council was awarded the certificate today in their new armed forces hub, which opened last summer, as an acknowledgement of their commitment to supporting the borough’s armed forces community. 

The MOD’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence services and inspire others to do the same. 
Leader of the council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “Ensuring all members of the borough’s armed forces community are not disadvantaged compared to other citizens is extremely important to us.“We understand that veterans, serving and ex-serving personnel, reservists and their families are a distinct group of people and may have specialised needs. “We’re committed to helping them access the correct support and putting them in touch with different services, charities and groups – mainly through our dedicated key workers and the Wigan Borough Armed Forces HQ hub.

“The MOD award recognises this and is an achievement we are certainly proud of. We will continue working with partner organisations, including the Wigan Sea Cadets, to ensure our armed forces facility thrives and we look forward to meeting and building relationships with even more members of the armed forces community.” 

Wigan Council signed up to the armed forces covenant in 2013 and updated its commitment by re-signing in 2018. It is a promise to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families are treated fairly and face the same opportunities as other citizens. 

Over the years, the council has strived to help the armed forces community with; education and family well-being, housing, employment skills, accessing healthcare, financial concerns and more. Now, the town hall is looking forward to reaching the silver award.

For more information on support for the armed forces community, visit or visit the hub at Molyneux house, School Lane, Wigan, WN13QX, or phone:  01942 821293. 

Photo L-R: Gillian Byrchall (Armed Forces Keyworker) Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Lighten MBE, Chris Ashworth (Reserve Forces & Cadets Association), Cllr David Molyneux (Leader of Wigan Council), Mark Wagstaff (Military and Civilian Integration), John Harker (Strategic Lead for Armed Forces and Veterans Wigan Council)

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