In November 2012 on the behalf of the civilian community, the Mayor of Basildon signed a military covenant pledging mutual support between the Armed Forces, veterans and the wider community.
This covenant was also signed by Lieutenant Colonel Mick Aston MC of The Royal Anglian Regiment on behalf of the Armed Forces, and the then Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Ball, on behalf of the former Basildon Renaissance Partnership.
The purpose of this Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Basildon and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of this Armed Forces Community. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel their families and widow(er)s in Basildon Borough.
The overarching aims of the Covenant are as follows -
The signing of this community Covenant initiates the establishment of a Partnership Board whose primary aim is to work towards the aims and objectives of this Covenant.
Membership on the Board consists of representatives of:
The Basildon Civil Military Partnership Board's mission statement is to support the Armed Forces and Veteran community within the Basildon Borough. Therefore, during a meeting in December 2018, it was recommended that Basildon Council sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant to demonstrate this support. This is different to the Community Covenant and is a further commitment to the Armed Forces community.
The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant is an undertaking of charities and businesses to demonstrate their support by promising to uphold the Corporate Covenant and make a range of promises demonstrating that support.
Once an organisation signs up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, it is possible to become a part of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) which publically recognises employers' efforts to support defence personnel issues, such as employing reservists and veterans, while encouraging others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.
Basildon Council will initially secure the Bronze award and work towards the Silver Award over the forthcoming year. Follow the link to find out more about the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).