Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces 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 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 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 Covenant partnerships to access the 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.

Contact

For further information please contact Elizabeth Kingdom by email at elizabeth.kingdom@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or by telephone on 0208 831 6095.

Updated: 11 February 2020