Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant

Yelvertoft Parish Council

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We, the undersigned, commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces

Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.

The Armed Forces Covenant

An Enduring Covenant Between

The People of the United Kingdom

Her Majesty’s Government

  • and –

All those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown

And their Families

The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.

Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.

Section 1: Principles of the Armed Forces Covenant

  • We Yelvertoft Parish Council will endeavour in our business dealings to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:
  • no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

Section 2: Demonstrating our Commitment

2.1      We recognise the value of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families; and will aim to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:

  • Armed Forces Champion: appointing an Armed Forces Champion to promote support for the Armed Forces community;
  • Promoting the Armed Forces: promoting the fact that we are an Armed Forces-friendly Council, to our members and wider public; celebrating the work of the Armed Forces and encouraging positive interaction between them and members of the public;
  • Veterans: Recognising that military veterans are a valued part of our community; facilitating and encouraging their participation in civic and community events; providing a link to the Veterans Gateway on our website; encouraging local businesses to support the employment of veterans;
  • Service Spouses & Partners: encouraging local businesses to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
  • Reserves: encouraging local businesses to support the employment of Reservists;
  • Cadet Organisations: encouraging support for and membership of local military cadet units;
  • Armed Forces Events: promoting Armed Forces events such as local Breakfast Clubs, Coffee Mornings, Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal Day and Remembrance activities;
  • Armed Forces Charities: encouraging support for Armed Forces charities;.
  • Commercial Support: encouraging local businesses to consider offering discounts to members of the Armed Forces community.

2.2      We will publicise these commitments through our social media and on our website, setting out how we will seek to honour them and inviting feedback from the Service community and our customers on how we are doing.