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Supporting our Armed Forces

Find out how Islington Council supports its Armed Forces

Islington Council is proud to recognise the valuable contribution made by current and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces. The borough is home to the Honorary Artillery Company, the oldest military organisation in the UK, and to an estimated 5,600 veterans, ranging from World War II through to recent years. Each year – on Armed Forces Day in June and on Remembrance Day in November - the Council, veterans, local residents and schools come together to acknowledge the contribution and sacrifices made by Armed Forces personnel.

Members of the Armed Forces and their families moving into the borough have access to a range of support from the Council including the specific measures set out in the Community Covenant.

The Covenant includes:

  • Concessions for war widows and those injured or disabled through serving in the Forces when calculating entitlement to financial support (housing benefit, council tax support and crisis grants)

  • Exceptions to residency requirements for ex-Forces families wishing to apply for council housing, and additional points for war widows and injured / disabled ex-personnel

  • Support through the Council’s employment support programmes for ex-personnel who are struggling to find a job after leaving the services

Full details of the Covenant, together with information on funding available through Armed Forces Community Covenant Grants Scheme, can be found on the Armed Forces Community Covenant page under the left hand menu.

  1. Financial Support

    Find out more about the financial support that may be available to you…


  2. Moving to Islington

    Find out more on finding a home, childcare and schools…

  3. Supporting in getting a job

    Left the Armed Forces and struggling to find work? Find out how we can help you to gain new skills and access local job opportunities. 

  4. Health needs

    ​Find out about NHS services, dentists and GPs including specialist support for those with a disability or mental health need...