Armed forces

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.

Havant Borough Council's Armed Forces Champion is Cllr Julie Thain-Smith.

Armed forces community covenant

The principle behind the covenant is that the Armed Forces Community should not face disadvantage because of its military experience.

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.

Services cover housing, finance, health (including mental health), employment, education, starting a business and legal assistance. 

Veterans ID scheme

The MoD announced a new ID scheme during 2018 to help veterans access specialist support and services.

Personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given an ID card

For more information visit the Veterans UK website or call 0808 1914218.

Veteran Railcard

A new railcard will be available to veterans from Armistice Day this year, Wednesday 11 November. The card gives veterans a third off their train fare. 

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. Copies are available from community centres across the borough.