Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to make sure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where suitable.
Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils signed the Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant at an official ceremony on 7 March 2012.
We are proud to have signed the Covenant Pledge to show our support as an employer of choice to the Armed Forces community.
What we offer
To support our Covenant pledge, our housing allocations policy has special consideration for the armed forces community.
In undertaking this, we
- disregard injury and disability payments; whether these are periodic or a lump sum
- overlook lack of connection for current and former members. We allow up to 5 years for divorced and separated spouses, eligible partners and civil partners
- all applications qualify from current or former members (having left service within the preceding 5 years, as defined by s.374 of the Armed Forces Act 2006)
- if they are divorced, separated or a civil partner of service personnel required and are required to move out of Ministry of Defence accommodation, they will qualify to join the housing register.
Information on how to apply for housing can be found on our Housing Register.
Our vacancies are advertised on the Careers Transition Partnership and Forces Families for Jobs websites. We offer a guaranteed interview to anyone leaving the forces who meets the essential criteria of the role applied for.
We recognise that service life has equipped all our ex-defence employees with resilience and flexibility and value the contribution they bring to the organisation. Our Annual Leave policy helps with leave for spouses and partners and other policies support flexible working, and volunteering. Reservists receive 10 days extra paid leave to attend their redeployments.
Staff can take e-learning sessions which give them extra skills to help our armed forces:
- The Armed Forces Covenant for frontline staff
- housing, homelessness and the Armed Forces Covenant
- adjusting to life outside of the Armed Forces.
If you are a business, or a community organisation, you can find out how to show your support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
Our Armed Forces Lead can help any Parish Council or business who want to sign up. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Help and support
The Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant has more information on the different types of support available to our armed forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant website offers information on support available.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust funds projects that support the Armed Forces community.
Employer Recognition Scheme – Silver Award
The Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do this.
We are proud to have been given a Silver Award in national recognition of our commitment to support the armed forces community.
Managing Director Trevor Holden who was a Wing Commander in the RAF, said:
"We are thrilled to have been awarded Silver. It’s fantastic to achieve recognition for the way we are supporting the defence and Armed Forces communities, both in our own organisation and in the wider district. As an employer, we really value the skills and qualities that veterans, reservists and ex-military staff bring to our organisation.”
To achieve a silver award, employers need to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and shown flexibility to the annual training commitments and deployment of reservists. They also support the employment of cadet force adult volunteers, service leavers, and military spouses and partners.
Steve Williams, Waste Senior Operations Manager and former RAF Acting Squadron Leader, said:
"The organisation has helped me settle in after leaving the RAF and the support that it gives to ex-service personnel is brilliant. The transition from the military way of working to a civilian way has gone smoothly, but I know that if I needed extra support, it would be readily available.”