Essex Community Covenant
A Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. It recognises that the wider community has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces, whether currently on active duty or ‘veterans’, and their families. It complements the Armed Forces Covenant which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces at the local level and aims to redress the disadvantages that the Armed Forces’ community faces in comparison with other citizens, whilst recognising the sacrifices that they have made.
The District Council became signatories to the Essex Community Covenant in November 2012. The Essex Covenant includes the following key elements:
• That the contribution made by the Armed Forces’ community is recognised, celebrated and honoured.
• That serving and former members of the Armed Forces have fair access to public services in Essex.
• That past and present members of the Armed Forces experiencing difficulties get the help and support they need.
The District Council already supports the Armed Forces through some of its services. Details of these and contact numbers are set out below:
Service contact details:
Homelessness Advice firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabled Facilities Grants email@example.com
Register to Vote firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison with local Royal British Legion email@example.com
Council Tax and Benefits firstname.lastname@example.org
01992 564157 (Surnames A to L)
01992 56 4156 (Surnames M to Z)
Specialist Adviser at Local Citizen’s Advice Bureau 0344 477 0808 (Epping Forest District CAB Advice Line - Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
www.adviceguide.org.uk (web chat)
Further information about the services in this District, and in Essex, is available via The Veterans Information Portal