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The Armed Forces Covenant

Page last updated: 25 September 2019

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from Central Government that those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.


East Riding community covenant

The East Riding Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and the local Armed Forces community. It is intended to complement, at local level, the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces. 


What is the East Riding Community Covenant Delivery Group

The East Riding Community Covenant Delivery Group includes representatives from various public, private and voluntary sector organisations, and is chaired by the Armed Forces Member Champion, Councillor David Elvidge.

It meets quarterly to consider the issues facing the local Armed Forces community and the provision of support to meet their needs. The work of the Group is outlined in an Action Plan which focuses on a wide range of themes including community and relationships, employment, education and skills, finance and debt, health and wellbeing, housing, and veterans and the law.

To read the delivery group action plan visit the Council website (opens in a new window).


I am a member of the armed forces community. How does the East Riding community Covenant affect me 

Following research and discussion with partners, the covenant’s priorities have been divided into five areas:

  • Health
  • Employment, adult education and training
  • Childcare and education
  • Housing
  • Money matters and financial capability.

Partners who have signed up to the covenant are working together to ascertain that services available in East Riding are adequate for those in the Armed Forces Community and that there is equal access to them.

Please note: the covenant is designed to promote equal access. It does not mean that veterans will be given priority over non-veterans.


Who do I contact for further advice

For general enquiries please contact us:

If you would like further support or advice then there are many service organisations that can help you. It is worth checking services are registered with the Confederation of Service Charities. 

For more information please visit the Cobseo Website (opens in a new window).

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