The Armed Forces Covenant scheme was launched by the Government in 2011 following a high profile Legion campaign on Armed Forces Covenant issues. The scheme was announced by the Prime Minister as part of a wider Armed Forces Covenant package in May 2011: this followed concerted cross-party campaigning in Parliament and a meeting between the Prime Minister and the Legion’s Director General, Dr Chris Simpkins, at which it was agreed that the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant would be written into law.
A key test of those principles is the extent to which they are applied in practice on the ground, which is why Armed Forces Covenants are so important. Armed Forces Covenants are voluntary statements of mutual support between civilian communities and their local Armed Forces community. Outlining the mutual obligations between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Covenants aim to:
Signing an Armed Forces Covenant not only offers a unique and low-cost way for local authorities to do their bit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant locally; it also offers groups, organisations and individuals within their area access Government funding and the Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme.
Ashfield District Council Armed Forces Champions:
Councillor David Walters: Cllr.D.Walters@ashfield.gov.uk
Assisted by Councillor Andy Gascoyne: Cllr.A.Gascoyne@ashfield.gov.uk
Lead Officer: Gillian Welch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver award holders:
Veterans Gateway (The first point of contact for veterans seeking support)
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