Covenant in action

Post Office becomes the 3000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant

19 November, 2018

The Post Office became the 3000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant on  7 November 2018. The signing took place at a Service of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, attended by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Group CEO of the Post Office, Paula Vennells. Defence Secretary Gavin […]

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Consultation on access to Social Housing for the armed forces community

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is undertaking a consultation process on improving access to social housing for members of the armed forces community. The consultation sets out proposals for new statutory guidance for local authorities to assist members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families, to access social housing. The consultation […]

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SSAFA Adoption Service

SSAFA, the armed forces charity, provides a national registered adoption agency, supporting members of the armed forces who wish to create a family through adoption and helping to ensure that they are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. SSAFA understand the military lifestyle and the needs of military adopters and this is the […]

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The Covenant in the Community Conference 2019

We are happy to announce that the Covenant in the Community Conference is planned for 30 April 2019 at Newcastle United Football Club, St James’ Park, Newcastle. This is your opportunity to hear the latest covenant news, ask questions of a panel from the MOD, charitable and local government sectors, participate in a variety of […]

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Publication of the Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2018

The seventh Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report was published on 21 November 2018. The report this year focuses on the tangible progress made in delivering the covenant. In particular, it acknowledges the Nation’s improved understanding of the needs of the armed forces community as well as recognising the values and skills the armed forces community […]

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Forces Help to Buy scheme extended

The Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP,  has agreed that the Forces Help to Buy scheme will be extended for new applications until 31 December 2019. ​Forces Help to Buy enables regular armed forces personnel to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first […]

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Post Office becomes the 3000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant

The Post Office became the 3000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant on  7 November 2018. The signing took place at a Service of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, attended by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Group CEO of the Post Office, Paula Vennells. Defence Secretary Gavin […]

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First ever UK-wide veterans strategy launched

The first ever UK-wide strategy on the delivery of support for veterans was published on 14 November 2018. Produced jointly between the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, and including the Northern Ireland Office, the ‘Strategy for our veterans’ outlines a new vision and principles to support those who served, as well as their families, in […]

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Forces in Construction Insight Day

Are you looking for your next challenge? Whether you’re ex-service personnel or soon to leave, or a family member, all ranks and backgrounds are invited to meet national and North West based construction and civil engineering employers at the Forces in Construction Insight Day. They’ll be showcasing the employment, career and training opportunities in the […]

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Supporting Service children moving between schools in England

In collaboration between the Department for Education and the Ministry of Defence’s Directorate for Children and Young People there are changes to the Common Transfer File (CTF) from September 2018. The CTF is the means by which state schools and local authorities in England transfer pupil data when a pupil moves from one school to […]

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