FAQs – The Covenant Legal Duty

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Covenant Legal Duty are provided below.

What the Legal Duty covers

The Legal Duty in practice

‘Due regard’ means consciously considering the Covenant when developing, delivering and reviewing policies and decisions which may impact the Armed Forces community. It means placing appropriate weight on the Covenant principles when all relevant factors are considered. It does not mean that any particular conclusions have to be reached or specific public service delivery outcomes achieved. Section 1F of the statutory guidance provides a further explanation.

The benefit of record keeping has been added to section 1F of the statutory guidance to reinforce the importance of such actions. However, expecting public bodies to publish a publicly available record every time they have due regard to the Covenant is considered to be a disproportionate burden.

Resolving disputes


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