Armed Forces Community Covenant

Mid Sussex District Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant on September 13th 2014

Community Covenant

The Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the District Council and its local Armed Forces Community. It is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligations between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces at local level.

The aim of the Community Covenant is to recognise and appreciate what the Armed Forces do for us and the sacrifices they make in order to do it. The Covenant will encourage support for the Armed Forces Community in the local area, and encourage the Armed Forces Community and the Local Community to support each other.

How we intend to uphold the Covenant

  • The Council will mark the annual Armed Forces Day with an appropriate public event to raise community awareness

  • The Council will continue to fulfil its housing function with due regard to the needs of Ex-Service personnel, through its Housing Allocation Scheme. (Please see paragraphs 11.2.1 and 42 of the .PDF document on this page).

  • The Council will encourage local businesses to participate in the national "Heroes Welcome" scheme.

  • The Council will promote grant applications to the Community Covenant Fund

  • The Council’s Champion, as part of the West Sussex Community Civilian Partnership , will monitor progress within the District which will be reported annually to the Council, West Sussex County Council Cabinet and the Ministry of Defence

  • The Council and the Council's Champion will actively seek opportunities to support the Armed Forces Community within the District.

  • You can find a copy of the full Covenant agreement here

Further Information                                                             

The Ministry of Defence provides guidance detailing the scope of the Community Covenant which can be found here.

To find out what the Covenant is and is not click here for a 'Myth Buster' detailing the facts.

The Armed Forces Community  

The Armed Forces community is diverse and varied and includes all those who are serving or have served in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy. It also includes those who, through their involvement in cadets and other training groups, seek to serve their country in the future as well as reservists, veterans and those who care for, depend on or are close family members of these groups of people.

Information, Advice and Guidance 

For more information on services and support available for the Armed Forces Community click on the images below.


The Royal British Legion     Armed forces network    


Armed Forces Member Champion
Councillor Linda Stockwell

For further details (excluding Housing Information) contact:

Community Development Officer
Regina Choudhury
Telephone: 01444 477495

For the Housing Allocation Scheme please contact:

Housing Needs Manager
Emma Shuttleworth
Telephone: 01444 477431