Armed forces covenant
The armed forces covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the armed forces and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.
What is the covenant about?
The armed forces covenant was published in May 2011 by central government. The covenant is about removing disadvantages so armed service personnel, past and present, get the same treatment and access to services as the civilian community. It is based on four themes:
- encouraging local communities to support their local armed forces community and vice versa
- promoting public understanding and awareness of issues that affect the armed forces community
- recognising the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
- encouraging activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life.
We pledged our support in 2013 with a particular focus on respect and remembrance. You can find out more about the covenant using the quick link above.
Our armed forces champion is Stephen Corrall.
Armed forces covenant fund - what has changed?
The government’s new covenant fund has a different focus from the grant scheme it replaces and the process for grant applications has also changed. The funding priorities for 2015-16 are community integration projects, providing support to the armed forces community and projects addressing issues facing veterans in the criminal justice system.
More information is available via the quick link above.
The fund has four broad funding themes:
- removing barriers to family life
- extra support after service for those that need help
- measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens
- non-core healthcare services for veterans.
Supporting the armed forces community in Leicester
In addition to supporting members of the armed forces via key council services such as housing and education, we work closely with partners locally to recognise the sacrifices made by the armed forces community.
This includes leading events and city-wide participation in Armed Forces Day and the annual Remembrance Day service. We also work closely with local units including with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers regiment and Royal Anglian Regiment who both have freedom of the city of Leicester.
We've also encouraged city businesses to sign up to the defence discount scheme.
The armed forces community we support includes current and former service personnel; families and dependents, reservists and veterans.
- Royal British Legion Leicestershire and Rutland Branch
- Veterans UK
- Royal Air Forces Association
- British Army
- Veterans mental health charity
- British Forces Resettlement Services
- Defence Discount Service
- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
- Scotty's Little Soldiers
- Little Troopers