The Military Covenant is a long held concept that was written into law in 2011. It recognises the mutual obligations between the nation, the government and the armed forces.
During his time as Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Ranjit Banwait signed the Armed Forces Covenant, in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and representatives of 49 Brigade. Derby City Council publically pledged support for the Armed Forces Community Covenant at the Homecoming Parade for The Mercian Regiment in June 2012. The Covenant includes measures covering healthcare, housing, education, employment and welfare.
Councillor Banwait, now Leader of Derby City Council said:
Our servicemen and women, having served their country, should be given as much assistance and support as possible to help them and their families settle into life outside of the Armed Forces. Derby City Council also wants to recognise the considerable skills and experience veterans working for the Council bring to our public services.
To honour its commitment to the city’s veterans Derby City Council is:
- working with Derby Homes to make sure personnel leaving the Armed Forces are not barred from waiting lists, on the grounds they do not have a local connection.
- working with GP practices, Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Derby Hospital, Mental Health Trust, East Midlands Ambulance Service and dentists, to ensure patient registration for personnel leaving the Armed Forces is straightforward and their often complex needs are understood.
- working together with the Job Centre Plus ‘Armed Forces Champion and the RBL to help Services leavers find work
- working with the University of Derby and Derby College to actively promote further and higher education opportunities to Service leavers.
- working with local businesses to encourage retailers and service providers to adopt the ‘Heroes Welcome’ initiative, to offer discounts or incentives to Service personnel.
To find out more about the Council’s public pledge to those in our city, and their families, who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces download the Council responses to the Armed Forces Community Covenant cabinet report.