Now in its tenth year, the Armed Forces Covenant is about fair treatment. Serving in the Armed Forces can often mean short notice changes to plans, affecting many small aspects of day to day life for service personnel, and their families – even after their service. For most of the Armed Forces community, the Covenant is about […]
For non-UK service personnel who wish to remain in the UK after they leave the Armed Forces, it has been agreed with the Home Office that the time before discharge that Indefinite Leave to Remain applications can be submitted has been extended from 10 weeks to 18 weeks. This is with immediate effect (26 Mar […]
A census of the resident population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will take place on Sunday 21 March 2021. Due to Covid-19, the Census for Scotland has been deferred for a year and is now scheduled to take place on 20 March 2022. What is the Census? The census is a survey that happens […]
Strengthening the Covenant in Legislation This week saw the Armed Forces Bill 2021 officially introduced to parliament for debate. This is legislation which has to be passed every 5 years to enable parliament to approve the continued existence of the Armed Forces! The Bill also presents an opportunity to include additional legislation related to the […]
The 2020 annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant has been published by the MOD today (7 December). Covering progress in areas such as health, education and housing across the UK, highlights of the report include: Nearly 1500 organisations, large and small have signed the Covenant in 2020, bringing the total to over 6000 and […]
The Veterans Minister’s annual report, ‘Scottish Government Support for the Veterans and Armed Forces Community 2020’ is now available on the Scottish Government website. You can read the full report here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-support-veterans-armed-forces-community-2020-report/
Anyone who has served in the Armed Forces can now buy a Veterans Railcard which will give them discounted rail travel throughout the UK. Costing £30, further details are at the link.
The NHS in England would like to hear from Service families about their views on how it can improve health and wellbeing support. An engagement exercise is being run until 30 November which will involve online meetings and events, supported by a questionnaire. More details are at the link.
The 2019 Annual Report on the Armed Forces Covenant in Wales has been published. It covers the wide range of activity that has been taking place in support of the Armed Forces Community of Service Personnel, Veterans and families.
A wide range of service charities have received grants totaling just under £5.8M from the government to help them continue with their important activities during the COVID pandemic, which has seen charities’ incomes reduced. The grants, announced in June 2020, were administered by the Covenant Trust Fund. A complete list of the charities concerned together with […]