AFC Report 2016
The fifth Armed Forces Covenant annual report has been presented to parliament, showing good progress on providing support for the Armed Forces Community. Along with the Army Families Federation and the Royal Air Force Families Federation, we were consulted extensively on the content of this annual report and we appreciated the opportunity to comment on those elements of the report relevant to the Armed Forces personnel and families we represent.
Amongst the achievements listed in this year’s Armed Forces Covenant annual report:
- A new e-learning programme is helping GPs understand the needs of the Armed Forces community
- NHS England has launched a Veterans Trauma Network
- £22m of Service Pupil Premium payments made to support the pastoral needs of over 73,000 Service pupils in state schools
- 9,000 Forces Personnel have now benefitted from Forces Help to Buy – which has been extended to 2018
- 86% of UK motor insurers are supporting overseas postings by committing to waive cancellation fees
- 4 of the UK’s biggest mobile phone providers have committed to suspend contracts for overseas postings
- A new covenant website is helping the Armed Forces community find out what they can expect from local services and businesses
- Over 150 Covenant Champions in the services are raising awareness of the covenant within their units.
The report acknowledges that there is still work to be done, notably in supporting personnel through the transition to civilian life at the end of Service and in improving the transfer of information on Service children between schools.
You can read the report in full here.
You can find a summary of the report here.