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A PLEDGE to support the armed forces and their families will be made by a council.

The community covenant will be signed by Chichester District Council and the armed forces.

The document is a commitment to work together and make sure that no members of the armed forces – past and present – are disadvantaged when accessing council services.

Councillor John Ridd, armed forces champion, said: ‘The men and women of our armed forces and their families give so much to this country.

‘As a council we are proud to sign this commitment to demonstrate our on-going support for our local armed services.

‘We want our servicemen and women to know how much we value the contribution they make to our society. This will also further strengthen our partnership with the armed forces.’

Fareham, Gosport, Havant, and Portsmouth councils all have similar community covenants.