Decision details

Supporting the Armed Forces and the Armed Forces Covenant

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the Council's current initiatives to support the Armed Forces Community within the District and proposals to enhance this in line with latest guidance and best practice.




a)     That Cabinet note the current position with regard to the Armed Forces Community Covenant and the initiatives in place to support the Armed Forces community within the District; and


b)     That Cabinet authorise officers to work with HQ Solent Station and where appropriate SSAFA and other armed forces charities, to review the Armed Forces Community Covenant, including the enhancements outlined in section 6 of the Cabinet report. This will be formally signed by the Chairman of the Council as the District’s First Citizen, in recognition of the nation’s commitment to the Armed Forces community at the local level.












As set out in report.








The Leader presented the reported and highlighted that an amendment had been proposed to one of the recommendations.  This minor amendment had been suggested by the Armed Forces Member Champion, Cllr Reid and he addressed the meeting on the amendment and the reasons for it.  He reported he wished to recognise all four services across the New Forest and proposed the following amendment to recommendation 1.2:


“That Cabinet authorise officers to work with HQ Solent Station and where appropriate SSAFA and other armed forces charities……”


This amendment was supported by the Cabinet.


A non-Cabinet member expressed his support to this report and the amendment to the recommendation.


The Service Manager for Democratic and Support Services highlighted that although the report referenced the engagement of charities such as SSAFA, the amendment was welcomed as explicit recognition of the role Armed Forces Charities played locally in supporting serving and former members of the forces, and their families. He highlighted section 4 of the report, noting there was a national Armed Forces Covenant which placed a legal duty on the Council, mainly in relation to housing and that the Council fully met its obligations in this regard.  The Community Covenant was the Council’s voluntary commitment to do more in support of the local armed forces community, including initiatives such as the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.



Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation to be undertaken with HQ Solent Station on enhancement proposals.


EMT, Cabinet Members, Armed Forces Member Champion.

Contact: Donna Langfield Email: Tel: Email:, Matt Wisdom, Democratic Services Manager Email: Tel: 023 8028 5072.

Report author: Donna Langfield

Publication date: 08/12/2023

Date of decision: 06/12/2023

Decided at meeting: 06/12/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/12/2023

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