What is the Armed Forces Covenant Duty?
The Government recognised the need for more consistent delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant across the country and therefore, in 2021, introduced new legislation in the form of the Armed Forces Covenant Duty which came into force in late 2022.
The Duty places a legal obligation on public bodies to pay ‘due regard to the principles of the Covenant’ and requires decisions about the development and delivery of certain services to be made with conscious consideration of the needs of the Armed Forces community. The Duty applies to organisations responsible for delivering education, healthcare, and housing services, such as local authorities, NHS trusts, and schools and academies, for example. Find out more information for what the Armed Forces Covenant Duty means for organisations in scope.
Find out what the Armed Forces Covenant Duty means for the Armed Forces Community.