Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces community, ensuring that those who serve, and have served, in the Armed Forces and their families, are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by their service.

The community covenant signed by Cambridgeshire Local Authorities in 2011 is our commitment to our Armed Forces Community.

The Covenant covers all serving personnel, regular and reservists, and their families, as well as bereaved families, veterans and cadet adult volunteers.

Armed Forces Covenant logo, featuring a lion holding the Union flag with a crown

The covenant promotes fair access to a wide range of services from:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Employment
  • Transition
  • Family support
  • Criminal Justice
  • Welfare
  • Community and support to tackle Social Isolation

Priority is given in some circumstances where someone has suffered injury due to service but the covenant is fundamentally about giving parity to individuals, its key aim to remove disadvantage caused by service.

Cambridgeshire County Armed Forces Covenant Board is tasked with administering the covenant in the county. 

National direction is provided through the Ministerial Covenant Board and guidance issued by them under the ‘Our Community, Our Covenant’ paper with annual reports and strategies.

Armed Forces Covenant
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Improving the delivery of local Covenant pledges
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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Annual Report 2019 details the activities and progress across the county and is available below.

Please email us if you require a higher resolution or printed version of any of the Armed Forces Covenant documents at covenant@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council work in close partnership on the Armed Forces Covenant agenda and, as such, have both achieved a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award from the Ministry of Defence.

Armed Forces Covenant - Employer Recognition Scheme - Silver Award Winner 2018 - proudly supporting those who serve

Forces Connect app

Our Forces Connect app details all the local and national organisations that can advise, provide information and support on a variety of needs. This can be downloaded on any smart device through your app store and is completely free. We are working on this information being available through our Cambridgeshire directory.

Details of national services and helpline support can be found on the Veterans Gateway.

Contacts

Lead Councillor:
Cllr Mac McGuire
chairman@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
07843 394 402

Lead Council Officer:
Vikki Barr
Armed Forces Covenant Development Officer
Victoria.barr@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
01223 703 258