The Armed Forces Community Covenant

An Armed Forces Community Covenant between the former Basildon Renaissance Partnership, the civilian community of Basildon and the armed forces community in the Basildon Borough.

Image showing the signing of the Armed Forces Community CovenantIn 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.

Aims of the Community CovenantImage of the Basildon Armed Forces Community Covenant

The overarching aims of the Covenant are as follows -

  • Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces communities in their areas
  • Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of the issues affecting the Armed Forces Community
  • Recognise and honour the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life
  • Encourage the Armed Forces Community to help and support the wider community.

Downloadable: Icon for pdf The Basildon Borough Armed Forces Community Covenant [124.12KB]

Civil Military Partnership Board

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 Royal Naval Association
  • The Royal Air Force Association
  • Army Veterans
  • The Royal British Legion
  • The Royal Anglian Regiment
  • The Cadets
  • Armed Forces Charities
  • Public Sector Representatives who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Private Sector Representatives who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Voluntary Sector Representatives

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

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.

Key Principles of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant:

  • no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

Downloadable: Icon for pdf Basildon Council's Armed Forces Covenant [150.28KB].

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).