Armed Forces Covenant

Find out about the Armed Forces Covenant and community, the East Riding Community Covenant and its delivery group, and our links with other local authorities.

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

If you are serving, or have served in HM Armed Forces, the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to make sure you and your family, as part of the Armed Forces community, are treated fairly when you access services, and do not face discrimination compared to other citizens. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most, such as the injured and the bereaved.

Watch a short video (below) to learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant:

National reports are produced annually that set out major achievements of the Armed Forces Covenant and highlight remaining challenges and new commitments. View the reports on the GOV.UK website.

Find out more about the Covenant and how it can help you on the Armed Forces Covenant website.

Who does the Armed Forces community include?

You are a member of the Armed Forces community if you are:

  • Serving/regular personnel
  • A reservist (volunteer and regular)
  • A veteran (those who have served at least one day in HM Armed Forces)
  • Family of serving personnel, reservists and veterans (including spouses, civil partners, children whom they are responsible for and, where appropriate, parents and unmarried partners)
  • Immediate family of serving personnel and veterans who have died, whether or not that death has any connection with service.

What is the Covenant Duty?

The Covenant Duty is a legal obligation on certain public bodies to ‘have due regard’ to the principles of the Covenant, and requires decisions about the development and delivery of certain services to be made with conscious consideration of the needs of the Armed Forces community.

The legal obligation impacts organisations that are responsible for delivering principally statutory functions in healthcare, education, and housing services. The Armed Forces community will be affected as beneficiaries of the new Duty.

The Covenant Duty will raise awareness amongst organisations that provide services in healthcare, education and housing, of how Service life can impact on the Armed Forces community, and how disadvantages can arise due to Service when members of that community seek to access key local services.

The Duty will require organisations delivering local services to pay due regard to the Covenant principles when exercising functions in the areas of housing, healthcare, and education.

‘Due regard’ means that organisations in scope of the Duty will need to consciously consider the unique obligations and sacrifices made by the Armed Forces; that it is desirable to remove disadvantages faced by the Armed Forces community; and that special provision may be justified in some circumstances.

The Council has developed a position statement and action plan, which highlights the areas where due regard is already being shown and identifies the areas where further work is required.

East Riding Armed Forces Covenant Duty Action Plan (pdf 377kb)

For further information on the Covenant Duty, visit the national Armed Forces Covenant website.

What is the East Riding Community Covenant?

East Riding of Yorkshire is home to both current and ex-serving men and women and their families from across the Armed Forces. These men and women, and their families, form a valuable part of the East Riding's community, bringing with them skills and a contribution that is unique and valuable.

In 2012, representatives from various local statutory organisations, voluntary groups and military charities signed the ‘East Riding Community Covenant’. This was renewed again in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

An Armed Forces Covenant - Signed 1 July 2018 (pdf 352kb)

The East Riding Community Covenant complements, at a local level, the Armed Forces Covenant.

What is the East Riding Community Covenant Delivery Group?

The Delivery Group is a partnership that was established to consider the issues facing the local Armed Forces community and any support that is required to meet their needs. The Group meets three times a year and is chaired by the council’s Armed Forces Champion.

More details on the group and its current membership are provided in the Terms of Reference (below).

Delivery Group Terms of Reference

More details on the group and its current membership are provided in the Terms of Reference.

ERCCDG Terms of Reference (pdf 591kb)

Delivery Group Action Plan

The delivery group’s Action Plan (2019-2024) outlines how partners will work together to improve the support for the local Armed Forces community:

ERCCDG Action Plan (2019-2024) (pdf 2mb)

Sub-groups for a number of key themes in the Action Plan have been set up to drive progress forward.

Minutes of the East Riding Community Covenant Delivery Group

Action Plan Annual Progress Reports

How can you help us to help you?

When you access a service, such as healthcare, housing or benefits, it is important to let professionals know that you are a member of the Armed Forces community if you feel able to. This will make sure that you can access certain services or support that are specifically aimed at members of the Armed Forces community.

Does the East Riding work with other local authorities?

We work with our neighbouring local authorities wherever possible to improve the support for the Armed Forces community across the wider region. Follow the links below to find out what other local authorities in the region are doing to support the Armed Forces Covenant:

Doncaster Council (external website)

Hull City Council (external website)

North East Lincolnshire Council (external website)

North Lincolnshire Council (external website)

What other support and advice is available?

A wide range of services and support is available to help you, whatever your needs.

These pages are also useful if you support members of the Armed Forces community as part of your job, or as a friend, carer or family member.

Community and relationships

Employment, education and skills

Families, children and young people

Health and wellbeing


Money advice

General advice and support

Supporting the Armed Forces community

If there is something that you need help with that is not listed, or any information needs updating, please email or call (01482) 391426.

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