Window for applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain extended

March 26, 2021

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 […]

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Census in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2021

March 8, 2021

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 […]

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Strengthening the Covenant in Legislation

January 29, 2021

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 […]

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Covenant Annual Report published

December 7, 2020

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 […]

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Scottish Veterans Minister annual report issued

November 17, 2020

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/

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Veterans Railcards go live!

October 28, 2020

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.

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Welsh Government Annual Covenant Report

September 30, 2020

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.

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Service Charities get nearly £6m from COVID fund

September 21, 2020

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 […]

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Families: Research into the impact on service families of ‘weekending’

August 21, 2020

The Naval Families Federation (NFF) has recently published research examining the lifestyle of Royal Navy and Royal Marines families.  This research, carried out by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, offers an invaluable window into the implications of geographically dispersed families and ‘weekending’, where the serving person lives away from home during the week.  […]

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