Havant Borough Council, the charitable and voluntary sector and other members of the civilian community have pledged to work and act together to support serving and former members of the Armed Forces Community including their families who reside and work within the Havant Borough area.
We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and will work in partnership to deliver the key strategic themes of the supporting action plan.
Armed forces community covenant
The principle behind the covenant is that the Armed Forces Community should not face disadvantage because of its military experience.
- Armed forces community covenant (pdf 6.2 mb)
In some cases, such as the sick, injured or bereaved, this means giving special consideration to enable access to public or commercial services that civilians wouldn’t receive.
The covenant covers issues from housing and education to support after Service. It is crucial to the Government that it, and the nation, recognises the unique and immense sacrifices the Armed Forces Community makes.
Support services for veterans
The council has complied a list of local and national support services for veterans.
- Veteran support services (pdf 1.1 mb)
Services cover housing, finance, health (including mental health), employment, education, starting a business and legal assistance.
Veterans ID scheme
Former servicemen are eligible for various benefits but there is currently no quick and easy way for them to prove they are veterans.
The Ministry of Defence’s card will help public sector services and charities to recognise the those who have served their country.
The absence of a veterans ID card should not be seen as proof that a person is not a veteran and existing verification methods should be used in that case. The card will not be held by all veterans as it is being rolled out in tranches.
If a Veteran was discharged in in 2018/2019 they will receive their card shortly. If a Veteran was discharged before 2018 they will receive their card in early 2020.
For more information visit the Veterans UK website or call 0808 1914218.
Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
Havant Borough Council received the bronze award for this scheme in September 2017.
Guaranteed interview scheme
The guaranteed interview scheme for Veterans is a commitment that Havant Borough Council has made to support the Armed Forces Community, as set out in the Community Covenant.
This commitment guarantees an interview for any veterans who meet the essential criteria set out in the role profile and identify themselves as a veteran.
However, the scheme does not guarantee a job for applicants as selection procedures will ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed, based on meeting the objective criteria of the role profile.
Havant remembers leaflet
Havant Borough Council has produced a booklet recognising the outstanding contribution made by local war heroes. The booklet also includes a borough-wide remembrance silhouette trail.
Booklets are available online and from community centres across the borough.