COUNCILLORS will be urged to do more for former members of the armed forces.

Conservatives have submitted a motion to the monthly meeting of Kirklees Council calling for support for the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Government’s Covenant Taskforce has recommended that councils look at ways they can help former servicemen and women and their families.

Clr Andrew Palfreeman called on all parties to back the motion.

The Birstall and Birkenshaw Conservative said: “We are not suggesting giving priority to returning veterans nor using more of the council’s valuable resources.

“But what we do believe is that the council services can be more aware of their needs and those of their families.

“We can work with our partners and those who already provide support to produce an even better deal for those to whom we all owe a great debt.”

Clr Palfreeman raised £40,000 for military charity Combat Stress during his year as Mayor of Kirklees, which ended in May.

He said: “My year in office and the results of my appeal clearly illustrated the support that the public has for our armed services.

“Already many local and national charities are supporting Kirklees veterans and the council is ideally placed to enhance their work and add value to what they do.”

The Conservative motion will be debated at tonight’s monthly council meeting which begins at Huddersfield Town Hall at 5pm.