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Armed Forces Covenant

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

The Covenant recognises the sacrifices they make on behalf of the country. It is not designed to give the armed forces, veterans and their families preferential treatment compared with other people, but it should ensure that they are not placed at a disadvantage as a result of their service.

In December 2014, Greater Manchester Combined Authority became the first combined authority to sign the Covenant. Working with our partners, we have established an Armed Forces Hub to co-ordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges that face the Armed Forces community.

The Hub is co-ordinating activity around work and skills; age-friendly places; healthy ageing; housing, planning and transport; culture and learning; and communications.  It has already delivered e-learning for all those who are seeking to develop their knowledge of the needs of the Armed Forces community - you can access the e-learning for Frontline Workers here (link opens in a new tab).

Our priorities are:

  • to become the first city-region in the UK that has one approach to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant
  • to become a centre of excellence for research into the Armed Forces community and for piloting new ideas and fresh approaches
  • to work in partnership to eradicate disadvantage through service and make Greater Manchester the place of choice for families and individuals transitioning out of military service

Key work strands:

  • Common policies and approach
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Health, mental health and social care
  • Work and skills
  • Reserves and their employers
  • Cadet forces
  • Armed Forces community in the Criminal Justice System

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