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Forces in Mind Trust – A Decade of the Covenant: A review of delivery and impact of ten years of the Armed Forces Covenant

Shared Intelligence, alongside Meri Mayhew Consulting and RAND Europe, was commissioned by the Forces in Mind (FiMT) to research the delivery and the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant in reducing disadvantage for members of the Armed Forces Community. This is a continuation of the previous Our Community – Our Covenant work, including our original iteration published in 2017. The work also coincided with the introduction, under the Armed Forces Act 2021, of a statutory duty in relation to the Covenant. We covered six policy areas – education, health, and housing, children’s services, employment, and adult social care. The research also covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The research first identified five key drivers of disadvantage facing members of the AFC. They are: geographical relocation, aspects of life in the AFC, aspects of the transition to civilian life, a lack of understanding about the AFC within councils and other public service providers, and a lack of understanding of the Covenant and the associated support within the AFC.

The report then provided an appraisal of activity undertaken by public services in the UK to reduce the potential disadvantage experienced in comparison to other members of society. A decade on from the introduction of the covenant, there is a wide range of evidence of a lot of activity at different levels aiming to reduce the risk of disadvantage. Examples reference in the report include the relaxation of the local connection requirement for social housing, and the creation of the School Admissions Code and the veteran-friendly GP accreditation.

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