Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of support between the civilian and local Armed Forces communities and is intended to complement the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the country, the Government and the Armed Forces, at the local level.

The Community Covenant in Richmond

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames was one of the first London boroughs to sign a community covenant giving greater assistance to servicemen and women and their families.

View the Community Covenant(pdf, 172KB)

Activity

Activity to date includes:

  • The local agreement between the Council, Richmond Council for Voluntary Service, NHS Richmond and the military means that new support, e.g. training, housing, school admissions, adult social care or medical needs, for service personnel and their families will be given.
  • The Council has established a new grant scheme through the Civic Pride Fund, where individuals and groups can apply for financial support to set up and carry out projects benefitting the local community which of course includes military personnel and their families. The Council are working with local groups to encourage them to utilise this funding. To apply please visit Civic Pride Fund.
  • The Council also publicise and encourage Community Covenant partnerships to access the Community Covenant Grant Scheme to build further on this work.
  • The Council revised the housing allocation policy in 2012 to recognise the contribution of returning members of the armed forces. This policy includes a quota for local ex service personnel in housing need. As a Council we have also signed up to the pan London shared ownership scheme which prioritises ex-service personnel for low cost shared ownership.
  • Discounts on Council Tax are available to eligible members of the Armed Forces.
  • Remembrance Day Services are held throughout the borough. The Council publicises and encourages residents across the borough to attend one of the services where they can pay their respects to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The events in previous years have included a parade of Armed Forces veterans, civic dignitaries and religious officials, church services and two minute silence to commemorate the cessation of the First World War and the laying of wreaths.

Statement from Lord True

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council has said in support of this work “With Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music, right on our doorstep, we are proud of the borough’s connections with the armed forces. This agreement will encourage support for the armed forces in Richmond upon Thames and allow organisations and agencies to recognise the sacrifices made by members- particularly those who have given the most. As well as giving help to those who has been involved in the forces, the covenant will also ensure the families and loved ones of all ex-service men and women are supported too.”

Contact

For further information please contact Carol Clapperton by email at carol.clapperton@richmond.gov.uk.

Updated: 21 September 2017