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Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation that those who serve, or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated fairly.

Why we've signed the Covenant

The Council chose to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on 7 October 2021, was successful in achieving Silver Status on the Defence Employer Recognition scheme in the Autumn of 2022 and achieved Gold Status in July 2023.

We initially signed the Covenant because it recognises the unique sacrifices that individuals in the Armed Forces community have made on behalf of the nation.

We have pledged to support the employment of members of this community, promote and support Armed Forces events, and promote and support Armed Forces Charities.

On 22 November 2022, the Covenant Duty came into effect. This Duty places a legal obligation on all local authorities to demonstrate due regard through the functions of Healthcare, Education, and Housing.

Read the statutory guidance on Gov.UK

Armed Forces Covenant Partnership

West Northamptonshire Council is an active member of the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership in Northamptonshire. Any business or organisation can sign the Covenant to show their support.

For more information on signing the Covenant, the support available to members of the Armed Forces Community, and local Armed Forces events, visit the Armed Forces Northants website.

Hear from our West Northants Armed Forces Champions and Gordon Corner, the Chair of the Northamptonshire Covenant Partnership, to find out more about:

  • the work West Northants Council is doing to support the Armed Forces Community
  • why local businesses and organisations should sign the Covenant
Watch a video explaining the Armed Forces Covenant

Last updated 26 March 2024