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Supporting our armed forces

We are proud to recognise the valuable contribution made by current and ex-serving members of the armed forces.

Islington is home to the Honorary Artillery Company (the oldest military organisation in the UK), and to around 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 – we come together with veterans, local residents and schools to acknowledge the contribution and sacrifice made by armed forces personnel.

Islington Armed Forces Community Covenant

Members of the Forces and their families moving into the borough have access to a range of support, including these measures from the Islington Armed Forces Community Covenant - this complements the national Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces.

  • Concessions for war widows and those injured or disabled through serving in the Forces when we calculate 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 or disabled ex-personnel
  • Support through our employment support programmes for ex-personnel who are struggling to find a job after leaving the services

The Islington Community Covenant aims to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas
  • nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement
  • provide support for those with mental or physical health needs

Read more about the armed forces community covenant on GOV.UK.

Covenant Grant Fund

The government provides £10m a year to UK-wide projects that support the priorities of local Armed Forces Community Covenants.

Applications can be submitted by charities, incorporated voluntary and community sector organisations and other local organisations.

Find out how to apply for funding from the Covenant Grant Fund.

Armed Forces Champion

Each year, we formally nominate one of our elected councillors to act as Armed Forces Champion, maintaining strong relationships with armed forces organisations in the borough, and working with them to identify and promote engagement activities.

The current Armed Forces Champion is Councillor Gary Poole.


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