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Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. This commitment is made in recognition of the sacrifices they make on behalf of the country. The Covenant sets out the following two key principles:

  • Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should not face any disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.
  • Special treatment is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured or the bereaved.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015.

Our Commitment

By signing the Covenant the Council has made a number of commitments:

  • We have appointed Councillor Mike Bowen (Cabinet Member for Communities) as its Armed Forces Champion. Our lead officer is Linden Vernon (email linden.vernon@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk).
  • We are a member of the Staffordshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership. This group meets regularly to discuss the Covenant and implementing an action plan.
  • We will promote the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. This is a National grant scheme totaling £10 million each year. You can apply for a grant at:  https://www.covenantfund.org.uk/
  • We will promote the aims of the Covenant and ensure that our staff who deal with members of the public are aware of these commitments.
  • We will support our employees who are members of the Reserve Forces and cadet organisations recognising the need to be flexible with regard to leave for training, supporting any mobilisations and deployment.

Veterans' Gateway www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Veterans' Gateway puts veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need - from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.