The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a nationwide agreement between the armed forces community, the nation and the government.

It aims to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. It also means that special consideration is appropriate in some cases. This is especially true for those who have given the most, such as the injured or the bereaved.

The Covenant does not provide any special advantage but it makes sure that members of the armed forces are not disadvantaged.

The Armed Forces Covenant e-learning programme provides more details about how the Covenant can help.

The Armed Forces Act 2021 introduces legislation covering housing, healthcare and education.

Plymouth first adopted the Plymouth Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012. Since then the Ministry of Defence has changed the commitment process and ask each individual organisation to sign their individual commitment to the Covenant.   

The Council’s support for the Armed Forces Covenant

Councillor Mark Shayer is the Council’s Armed Forces Member Champion and the Chair of the Plymouth Armed Forces Covenant Partnership.

Plymouth Armed Forces Covenant partnership 

More than 70 Plymouth businesses have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Partnership involves representatives from businesses and services within the council and partner organisations including those in:

  • The Royal Navy, Army, Royal Marines, RAF, Reserves and Cadets
  • housing and Community Connections departments
  • education, children and young people departments
  • adult social care and public health departments
  • voluntary and charity sectors
  • service children
  • war widows
  • Ministry of Defence
  • local and national businesses

Further information and help

Information for communities, organisations and businesses that wish to support Plymouth’s armed forces:

  • funding and grants
  • show your support for the Armed Forces

Please email ChiefExecutiveBusinessSupportUnit@plymouth.gov.uk if you are unable to find the information you need.

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