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The Armed Forces Covenant

Support for HM Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and their families 

Cornwall Armed Forces Covenant

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The Armed Forces Covenant is a nationwide agreement between the armed forces community, the nation and the government. It is committed to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

This means that members of the armed forces community should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. It also means that special consideration is appropriate in some cases. This is especially true for those who have given the most such as the injured or the bereaved.

For example, service personnel and their families can experience a far higher level of mobility than other citizens. They can therefore, as they move to a new area find themselves moved to the bottom of health or social housing waiting lists. Alternatively, they may need to find a school place at short notice.  The Covenant does not provide any special advantage. However, it does ensure that key policies are flexible enough to reflect the realities of life in the Armed Forces. These key policies are in housing, healthcare and education.

Cornwall Council first adopted the Cornwall Armed Forces Covenant in June 2012.

Cllr Andrew Mitchell is our Armed Forces Champion. He chairs the Cornwall Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board. Membership to the board involves representatives from:

  • Cornwall’s armed forces:
    • RNAS Culdrose
    • RAF St Mawgan
    • 165 Port & Maritime Regt RLC
    • HMS Raleigh
  • military charities:
    • the Royal British Legion
    • SSAFA
  • the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee

It also includes representatives of the services within the council and partner organisations. These provide  support to military personnel and their families and include:

  • Housing
  • Children and Young People
  • Adult Social Care
  • Health

Read the Cornwall Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board terms of reference

Whether you are currently in the Armed Forces or you are leaving the armed forces you and your family may often need advice on issues including:

  • health
  • education
  • housing
  • training
  • jobs

The council is here to support you and your family with these issues.  Please contact us through the following dedicated email address:

For further information about the armed forces covenant and links to e-learning, please see: