Armed Forces discounts set to be introduced
Armed Forces personnel and veterans will soon get concessionary discounts to leisure centres and activities thanks to a one-off fund which has boosted Telford & Wrekin Council finances for the next two years.
The new Armed Forces discounts will come into effect from April this year and include benefits like swimming for £1, at least 40% off other non-instructed activities such as gym and public ice skating sessions, and also 15% off instructed activities.
To show its appreciation to the Armed Forces, the Council will also be celebrating Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June with an event and by extending its discounts and offers to the wider Armed Forces community including reservists, cadets and their families. More details around Armed Forces Day 2019 here in Telford and Wrekin will be announced in Spring.
Councillor John Minor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Green Spaces and Parks, said: “Our Armed Forces families here in the borough are a huge part of our town. We are delighted to be able to extend our existing leisure concession rates to both serving and veteran personnel to help them stay fit and healthy.
“We also look forward to marking Armed Forces Day later in the summer which is a great celebratory occasion to say thank you to the servicemen and women who are committed to protecting our country, and also to their families who support them throughout their service.
The investment support for Armed Forces personnel is part of a series of new one off investments which will total £3.6m and has been made possible following changes to the council’s finances including a one off VAT refund.
Armed Forces personnel and veterans will be asked to show ID when using the discounted services and they are not available on group activities or block bookings.