The Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

It covers two key principles:

  • The Armed Forces community should face no disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to other citizens
  • Special consideration should be given when required, such as to the injured or the bereaved.

When did Ealing Council sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant?

Ealing Council signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in July 2012. A renewed Armed Forces Covenant was signed by the leader of the council, Peter Mason at S562 Squadron base in Southall on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.

Watch the video of Councillor Mason's full speech, welcoming the renewal of the covenant.

What this means for families in Ealing

The Covenant provides support in a number of key areas for Army families in Ealing, including:


Armed Forces members and their families who have a link with the borough of Ealing will be recognised in housing allocations policies.

Where the need is urgent, Armed Forces members and their families who have a link with the borough of Ealing will be recognised in housing allocations policies.

Seeking to support the employment of veterans and service leavers

Recognising that the Armed Forces community brings a variety of transferable skills and qualities developed through their military careers when interviewing for positions and ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible.

Striving to support the families of the Armed Forces community by:

Agreeing to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.

Ensuring that school admission policies recognise the needs of children of the Armed Forces community

Connecting with Armed Forced Champions who act as a first point of contact on queries regarding individual armed forces cases. These champions maintain working arrangements with Job centre plus and the Armed Forces community and aim to raise the profile of the community in terms of their skills, knowledge and experience they can offer.

Seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces or Cadet Force Adult Volunteers

By accommodating their training and deployment where practical and serving Armed Forces Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers are supported with additional paid leave to carry out training.

Access to health and other advice and support services

Ealing Council will develop a dedicated web page to support delivery of the Covenant with key information and links to advice and other support services for members of the Armed Forces Community.

Please note we are not responsible for the content and accuracy of information contained in any external website or links provided.