The Armed Forces Covenant outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces. This national covenant has a number of local pledges flowing from it, one of which is Westminster’s own local pledge to its armed forces community. Westminster’s pledge is one of mutual support between the civilian community of the borough and the local armed forces community. Other pledges which flow from the national covenant include ones for businesses, whose pledges will be specific to them and their local armed forces community.
Building on the work already underway in Westminster to engage with and support the armed forces community, Westminster’s Community Covenant was signed in June 2012. A Community Covenant Steering Group has been established within the council, consisting of 2 elected Members and 2 council officers. The purpose of the steering group is to oversee the development of the Community Covenant in areas such as community recognition, housing, education, employment and health.
The broad aims of the national Armed Forces Covenant are that:
The specific aims of the Armed Forces Covenant in Westminster are to:
The Armed Forces Covenant is supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Grant scheme which funds local projects that strengthen ties between members of the armed forces community and the wider community. Read about the Armed Forces Covenant Grant to find out more and apply.