Armed forces to get leisure centre discounts in Worcester

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MEMBERS of the armed forces are to be offered huge discounts at council-run leisure centres in Worcester, it has emerged.

And any veteran who applies for a job at the city council will also be guaranteed an interview as part of an olive branch to those out of work.

The measures, revealed by new leader Councillor Adrian Gregson, come after the Government announced major redundancies among army personnel.

The authority wants all serving staff to get major discounts at St John’s Sports Centre, Nunnery Wood Sports Complex, Perdiswell Leisure Centre and Worcester Swimming Pool at Sansome Walk.

Talks are currently ongoing about how much the discount will be at the quartet of sites, and exactly when it will kick in.

Councillor Joy Squires, Worcester’s Labour parliamentary candidate, said: “Society expects members of the armed forces to be in tip top physical condition.

“I am very proud that our city council is signing up to a scheme that recognises we can help them achieve this.”

She added: “In the past two weeks alone, 5,000 serving personnel have been made redundant.

“Too often, an armed forces background is dismissed as unsuitable by employers.”

Under the jobs scheme, known as the Veteran Interview Programme (VIP), all former armed forces staff will be entitled to at least one interview for any vacant position.

It has been welcomed by veterans in Worcestershire, who say life can be tough once leaving the army. John McClay, aged 44, from Evesham, served nine years with the Irish Guards and six with the Royal Military Police.

He remains a reserve army officer, meaning he is on call at all times for a possible recall to active duty.

“It sounds like a good thing to me.

“If you come out of the forces it can be quite difficult to find another job, it’s certainly not easy,” he said.

The city council says more details on the timescale and strength of the discounts will emerge over the coming weeks.

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11:01am Mon 1 Jul 13

Maggie Would says...

What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.
What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie. Maggie Would

11:10am Mon 1 Jul 13

CJH says...

I agree dangly doesn't work for everyone Maggie. I'm thinking a pearl stud would be more appropriate for a man in his position :-)
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My mother thinks he should have a haircut and shave his beard off.
I agree dangly doesn't work for everyone Maggie. I'm thinking a pearl stud would be more appropriate for a man in his position :-) . My mother thinks he should have a haircut and shave his beard off. CJH

11:54am Mon 1 Jul 13

truth must out says...

I am glad to see that those who voted him in as council leader did so on his ability to do the job rather than his appearance. Maggie Would and CJH seem to have very narrow minded views.
I am glad to see that those who voted him in as council leader did so on his ability to do the job rather than his appearance. Maggie Would and CJH seem to have very narrow minded views. truth must out

12:16pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Leeolitina says...

Sorry - did we vote him in? I do believe that the voters were not involved in that decision. BTW - He looks smarter now than when he used to work in the unison office :)
As for the story - its certainly a good thing that ex forces get some privileges but as for the guaranteed interview for council jobs, that is just plain wrong.
Sorry - did we vote him in? I do believe that the voters were not involved in that decision. BTW - He looks smarter now than when he used to work in the unison office :) As for the story - its certainly a good thing that ex forces get some privileges but as for the guaranteed interview for council jobs, that is just plain wrong. Leeolitina

12:39pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Respectable says...

I'm struggling to understand the logic or reasoning behind this..
Feels like it's one of those "Popularity" policies..
What about ex Police, Ex Fireservice, Ex Ambulance, Ex Teachers ...
What about ex-private sector workers that have paid taxes and contributed to the economy..
As for the interview situation. Thats just wrong as well... What about people that have put themselves through college and OU courses to improve their own prospects.

There should be a level playing field for everyone...
I'm struggling to understand the logic or reasoning behind this.. Feels like it's one of those "Popularity" policies.. What about ex Police, Ex Fireservice, Ex Ambulance, Ex Teachers ... What about ex-private sector workers that have paid taxes and contributed to the economy.. As for the interview situation. Thats just wrong as well... What about people that have put themselves through college and OU courses to improve their own prospects. There should be a level playing field for everyone... Respectable

1:19pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Vox populi says...

Respectable wrote:
I'm struggling to understand the logic or reasoning behind this.. Feels like it's one of those "Popularity" policies.. What about ex Police, Ex Fireservice, Ex Ambulance, Ex Teachers ... What about ex-private sector workers that have paid taxes and contributed to the economy.. As for the interview situation. Thats just wrong as well... What about people that have put themselves through college and OU courses to improve their own prospects. There should be a level playing field for everyone...
In my experience and being one myself I believe many ex-forces can look after themselves anyway.

Probably because they are instilled with a sense of personal pride, life experience and work ethic that nomally eclipses 90% grads.

Oh and forces pay tax too........yes even when in Afghanistan for 6 - 9 months (unlike the Amercians for example)

I don't think it is anything to do with popularity more likely gratitude for recent sacrifices maybe? Its not like the covenant is working well is it.....

Interestingly just to give you a point of reference Fire/Ambulance and Teachers are paid a lot more, are better equiped, have unions and rights and far lower incidences of things such as PTSD.

Maybe a few more ex-military in the Council's ranks would help reduce the council bashing massive on here...?

Every cloud eh?
[quote][p][bold]Respectable[/bold] wrote: I'm struggling to understand the logic or reasoning behind this.. Feels like it's one of those "Popularity" policies.. What about ex Police, Ex Fireservice, Ex Ambulance, Ex Teachers ... What about ex-private sector workers that have paid taxes and contributed to the economy.. As for the interview situation. Thats just wrong as well... What about people that have put themselves through college and OU courses to improve their own prospects. There should be a level playing field for everyone...[/p][/quote]In my experience and being one myself I believe many ex-forces can look after themselves anyway. Probably because they are instilled with a sense of personal pride, life experience and work ethic that nomally eclipses 90% grads. Oh and forces pay tax too........yes even when in Afghanistan for 6 - 9 months (unlike the Amercians for example) I don't think it is anything to do with popularity more likely gratitude for recent sacrifices maybe? Its not like the covenant is working well is it..... Interestingly just to give you a point of reference Fire/Ambulance and Teachers are paid a lot more, are better equiped, have unions and rights and far lower incidences of things such as PTSD. Maybe a few more ex-military in the Council's ranks would help reduce the council bashing massive on here...? Every cloud eh? Vox populi

1:28pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Respectable says...

And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?
And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ? Respectable

1:47pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Vox populi says...

Respectable wrote:
And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?
They still pay tax like you and me wherever they are serving. Which was my point....

You suggested military personel do not pay tax, which is incorrect.
[quote][p][bold]Respectable[/bold] wrote: And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?[/p][/quote]They still pay tax like you and me wherever they are serving. Which was my point.... You suggested military personel do not pay tax, which is incorrect. Vox populi

1:50pm Mon 1 Jul 13

TDH123 says...

Appearances ARE important. It displays a certain element of arrogance that Mr Gregson considers his present "look" to be acceptable when holding the office of Council Leader, representing the people of this city. Please ditch the earrings and ditch the hirsute style, it simply is not becoming.
Appearances ARE important. It displays a certain element of arrogance that Mr Gregson considers his present "look" to be acceptable when holding the office of Council Leader, representing the people of this city. Please ditch the earrings and ditch the hirsute style, it simply is not becoming. TDH123

1:58pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Respectable says...

Vox populi wrote:
Respectable wrote:
And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?
They still pay tax like you and me wherever they are serving. Which was my point....

You suggested military personel do not pay tax, which is incorrect.
I never suggested anything of the sorts.. You've just read my post incorrectly.
I'm well aware of the fact that service personnel pay tax. I'm also aware that alot of troops actually buy their own kit , such as boots they can actually tab in.. My point was, everyone could claim some justification for special treatment post service / post employment AND finding new jobs is tough for everyone.
[quote][p][bold]Vox populi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Respectable[/bold] wrote: And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?[/p][/quote]They still pay tax like you and me wherever they are serving. Which was my point.... You suggested military personel do not pay tax, which is incorrect.[/p][/quote]I never suggested anything of the sorts.. You've just read my post incorrectly. I'm well aware of the fact that service personnel pay tax. I'm also aware that alot of troops actually buy their own kit , such as boots they can actually tab in.. My point was, everyone could claim some justification for special treatment post service / post employment AND finding new jobs is tough for everyone. Respectable

2:30pm Mon 1 Jul 13

CJH says...

truth must out wrote:
I am glad to see that those who voted him in as council leader did so on his ability to do the job rather than his appearance. Maggie Would and CJH seem to have very narrow minded views.
Hey! I merely suggested an alternative earring! And told you what my mother thought. Don't go causing trouble where there isn't any! Maggie is perfectly entitled to her opinion. And if you are interested in my opinion, although you seem to have already decided what that is, I think it doesn't matter how he looks or dresses. It's what he achieves that I will judge him on. Is that ok?
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: I am glad to see that those who voted him in as council leader did so on his ability to do the job rather than his appearance. Maggie Would and CJH seem to have very narrow minded views.[/p][/quote]Hey! I merely suggested an alternative earring! And told you what my mother thought. Don't go causing trouble where there isn't any! Maggie is perfectly entitled to her opinion. And if you are interested in my opinion, although you seem to have already decided what that is, I think it doesn't matter how he looks or dresses. It's what he achieves that I will judge him on. Is that ok? CJH

2:36pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Respectable says...

Richard Branson always wears Jeans and a shirt without a tie... Lord Sugar wears a suit and tie...You could say thta both have done alright for themselves.

It's about the person not their appearance surely..

That said.. Not a fan of ear rings on blokes. Never felt the need.
Richard Branson always wears Jeans and a shirt without a tie... Lord Sugar wears a suit and tie...You could say thta both have done alright for themselves. It's about the person not their appearance surely.. That said.. Not a fan of ear rings on blokes. Never felt the need. Respectable

4:17pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Maggie Would says...

CJH wrote:
I agree dangly doesn't work for everyone Maggie. I'm thinking a pearl stud would be more appropriate for a man in his position :-)
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My mother thinks he should have a haircut and shave his beard off.
The truth is out now - I am CJH's mother. I agree that he is a scruff and is in dire need of a barber.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: I agree dangly doesn't work for everyone Maggie. I'm thinking a pearl stud would be more appropriate for a man in his position :-) . My mother thinks he should have a haircut and shave his beard off.[/p][/quote]The truth is out now - I am CJH's mother. I agree that he is a scruff and is in dire need of a barber. Maggie Would

4:33pm Mon 1 Jul 13

CJH says...

Maggie Would wrote:
CJH wrote:
I agree dangly doesn't work for everyone Maggie. I'm thinking a pearl stud would be more appropriate for a man in his position :-)
.
My mother thinks he should have a haircut and shave his beard off.
The truth is out now - I am CJH's mother. I agree that he is a scruff and is in dire need of a barber.
You're my mother? Have you remembered who my father was yet?
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: I agree dangly doesn't work for everyone Maggie. I'm thinking a pearl stud would be more appropriate for a man in his position :-) . My mother thinks he should have a haircut and shave his beard off.[/p][/quote]The truth is out now - I am CJH's mother. I agree that he is a scruff and is in dire need of a barber.[/p][/quote]You're my mother? Have you remembered who my father was yet? CJH

5:29pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Vox populi says...

Respectable wrote:
Vox populi wrote:
Respectable wrote: And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?
They still pay tax like you and me wherever they are serving. Which was my point.... You suggested military personel do not pay tax, which is incorrect.
I never suggested anything of the sorts.. You've just read my post incorrectly. I'm well aware of the fact that service personnel pay tax. I'm also aware that alot of troops actually buy their own kit , such as boots they can actually tab in.. My point was, everyone could claim some justification for special treatment post service / post employment AND finding new jobs is tough for everyone.
Ironic really that people are appointed as the most suitable person for a job due their experience, qualifications and interview.

Not by their past job or their earrings, dress sense or hair style.

Its called employment law, going to an interview will make no difference. :)
[quote][p][bold]Respectable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vox populi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Respectable[/bold] wrote: And what about the Ex Military that haven't served in Afghanistan ?[/p][/quote]They still pay tax like you and me wherever they are serving. Which was my point.... You suggested military personel do not pay tax, which is incorrect.[/p][/quote]I never suggested anything of the sorts.. You've just read my post incorrectly. I'm well aware of the fact that service personnel pay tax. I'm also aware that alot of troops actually buy their own kit , such as boots they can actually tab in.. My point was, everyone could claim some justification for special treatment post service / post employment AND finding new jobs is tough for everyone.[/p][/quote]Ironic really that people are appointed as the most suitable person for a job due their experience, qualifications and interview. Not by their past job or their earrings, dress sense or hair style. Its called employment law, going to an interview will make no difference. :) Vox populi

6:05pm Mon 1 Jul 13

pinkfluff says...

Maggie Would wrote:
What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.
He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.[/p][/quote]He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo. pinkfluff

6:15pm Mon 1 Jul 13

CJH says...

pinkfluff wrote:
Maggie Would wrote:
What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.
He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.
Is there a prize if we find it?
[quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.[/p][/quote]He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.[/p][/quote]Is there a prize if we find it? CJH

6:45pm Mon 1 Jul 13

pinkfluff says...

CJH wrote:
pinkfluff wrote:
Maggie Would wrote:
What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.
He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.
Is there a prize if we find it?
LOL. Packet of hobnobs so well worth a look.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.[/p][/quote]He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.[/p][/quote]Is there a prize if we find it?[/p][/quote]LOL. Packet of hobnobs so well worth a look. pinkfluff

6:55pm Mon 1 Jul 13

CJH says...

pinkfluff wrote:
CJH wrote:
pinkfluff wrote:
Maggie Would wrote:
What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.
He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.
Is there a prize if we find it?
LOL. Packet of hobnobs so well worth a look.
CJH gets her stalking outfit out of the wardrobe and polishes her magnifying glass...
[quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: What on earth does he have in his ear? I think that when a person gets to a certain age, they need to review their 'look' and that includes wearing a dangly earring with a shirt & tie.[/p][/quote]He's obviously got edge........I reckon he also has a secret tattoo.[/p][/quote]Is there a prize if we find it?[/p][/quote]LOL. Packet of hobnobs so well worth a look.[/p][/quote]CJH gets her stalking outfit out of the wardrobe and polishes her magnifying glass... CJH

2:15pm Tue 2 Jul 13

New Kid on the Block says...

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared! --
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

I couldn't resist the temptation for a bit of Edward Lear.
Even though I have no complaint against beards having had one myself for many years. The earring I am not sure about.
There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, "It is just as I feared! -- Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard. I couldn't resist the temptation for a bit of Edward Lear. Even though I have no complaint against beards having had one myself for many years. The earring I am not sure about. New Kid on the Block

9:12pm Tue 2 Jul 13

The Doosra says...

I am pleased that forces personnel will get discounts to leisure facilities. As for veterans being guaranteed an interview, I'm not so sure. If the council's selection procedures are robust enough, then the best candidates will be called for interview regardless of background.
I am pleased that forces personnel will get discounts to leisure facilities. As for veterans being guaranteed an interview, I'm not so sure. If the council's selection procedures are robust enough, then the best candidates will be called for interview regardless of background. The Doosra

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