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Lewisham Council to automatically shortlist ex-Armed Forces for jobs
LEWISHAM Council is to automatically shortlist people leaving the Armed Forces for its jobs as part of a radical new scheme.
Last week, the mayor and cabinet endorsed a report on implementation of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which was agreed by councillors last year.
Now the council is planning practical steps, including discounts at lesiure centres, housing suppport so ex-service personal don't lose housing entitlements during overseas action and autmatically shortlisting service leavers with transferable skills who apply for council jobs.
Councillor Damien Egan, who helped draw up the plans with colleague Councillor Pauline Morrison, explained: "Lewisham has a tremendous track record in supporting our Armed Forces.
"Pauline and I have worked closely with military representatives to put together this ambitious programme that's designed to put right the disadvantages that the armed forces community face and to recognise the sacrifices that they have made for all of us.
"It includes practical help in terms of housing, health, employment to supporting families in getting suitable school places for their children."
Chairman of Lewisham's Armed Forces advice charity SSAFA Neville Medford said: "We're delighted Lewisham has signed up to the covenant and we feel this will really help put our men and women leaving the military on a level playing field in terms of accessing services, we now hope other boroughs in London will follow Lewisham's lead."
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