Portsmouth City Council is delighted to receive a Gold award in the Defence Employers Recognition scheme in acknowledgment of our work in support of the Armed Forces Covenant. Portsmouth is the first unitary authority in the south east to receive this accolade.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the British military, and their families, are not disadvantaged by their service. Portsmouth is one of 407 local authorities in Great Britain that have pledged to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant. 

Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: "Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy and has a long association with the Merchant Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force. We're proud to receive the gold award for the work we have undertaken in the city with veterans, reservists and serving armed forces personnel and their families."

Businesses and charities that recognise the unique value that members of the Armed Forces Community bring can also show their commitment by signing the pledge and joining the employer recognition scheme. www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk.