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In May 2011, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) published the Armed Forces Covenant and announced measures to support the Armed Forces Community. One of the key measures announced was the launch of the Armed Forces Community Covenant - a voluntary initiative, which encourages local action to breath life into the principles of the covenant – that there be no disadvantage as a result of Service and special treatment, where justified, for example in the case of injured personnel. It covers a wide range of services including healthcare, housing, education, employment and welfare.
Local authorities and the armed forces community are encouraged to work together to establish a community covenant in their area in order to:
Derby City Council publically pledged support for the Armed Forces Community Covenant at the Homecoming Parade for The Mercian Regiment in June 2012. To honour that commitment and undertaking made on behalf of the city, we are:
To find out more about the Council's public pledge to those in our city and their families who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, download our responses to the Armed Forces Community Covenant cabinet report.
For information on the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant, visit the Directgov website.