Prime Minister supports Military Spouses Business and Employment Charter

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Prime Minister says UK has to make clear effort to help military spouses

The Prime Minister today said that the country has to make a clear effort to help Military spouses achieve employment wherever they find themselves living.

His remarks were made in response to the UK’s first Military Spouses Business and Employment Charter.

The Charter is part of a 12-month campaign launched in the House of Commons in November by Heropreneurs and Recruit for Spouses, a social enterprise working to provide a variety of employment opportunities for spouses of service personnel.

Mr Cameron added:

‘Members of our Armed Forces are very special group of people of whom I am extremely proud… Service families often have little choice about where they live or when they have to move.  I expect the Charter will be a very valuable addition to the way military spouses are perceived by employers.’

The Prime Minister’s remarks were echoed by Sir Bob Kerslake, the Head of the Civil Service.

Sir Bob said:

‘I would be very happy to endorse this campaign and I am determined that the Civil Service remains a positive and equal employer of military spouses.

‘We have recently written to all Departments asking them to do all they can to help existing Civil Servants who wish to return to their previous department at the end of their partner or spouse’s posting.

‘In addition, departments have been asked to look at access to unpaid career breaks, which is an option in many departments, and which can allow an individual to maintain continuity of service with an agreed return date.’

Richard Morris, founder of Heropreneurs said:

‘To get the backing of the Prime Minister and the Head of the Civil Service for the Charter at this early stage in the campaign is enormously encouraging. We must now build on this support, get employers organisations behind the Charter, stop the discrimination of so many military spouses from some employers and get more spouses into business and employment.’

Heledd Kendrick, the founder and CEO of Recruit for Spouses said:

‘It is extremely gratifying to have the Prime Minister and Sir Bob Kerslake back the Charter. It’s recognition from the top and keeps my organization focused on the job in hand, to keep pushing for an end to the discrimination against  British military spouses while looking for work; we want a level playing field where our candidates will be judged on their qualifications, merits and suitability and not their link to a perceived transient lifestyle.’

The Charter was launched by military Heropreneurs and Recruit for Spouses on 7th November 2012 at the House of Commons in front of Mark Francois, the Minister for Veterans, senior military, business people, veterans of the Armed Forces and military spouses.

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