Armed Forces Community Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served, and their families, are treated fairly. This commitment is made in recognition of the sacrifices they make on behalf of the country. The Armed Forces Covenant is not designed to give the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families preferential treatment compared with other citizens but it should ensure that they get a fair deal and are not disadvantaged because of their service.
Across North East Lincolnshire many organisations including the Council, NHS and Job Centre have pledged to support those who need it by being one of the first Authorities in the Country to sign our own Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Our Armed Forces and Veterans’ Charter encourages public bodies and partner organisations to support in-service and ex-service personnel from the military and the Merchant Navy, their families, veterans and carers.
Access to social and rented housing, retraining for employment, and support groups for servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are just a few of the issues specific to veterans which the Charter addresses through better joined-up working between agencies.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a statement of mutual support between our civilian community and our local Armed Forces Community.
Read our Community covenant booklet (PDF)
Armed Forces Events
Armed Forces support
Use the expandable menu below to find advice and guidance on the issues affecting you.
Employment support from other organisations
The Royal British Legion provides details of getting into work after leave the Forces including training, job vacancies, interview preparation and a guide to starting your own business. Visit the Royal British Legion website.
Regular Forces Employment Association helps men and women of all ranks, leaving the Armed Forces to find and to remain in employment throughout their working lives. Visit the Regular Forces Employment Association website.
Be the Boss provides funding, training and mentoring support to UK Services leavers on how to run a successful small business. Visit the Be the Boss website.
HM Revenue & Customs has a lot of support for people who are going self-employed. Visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.
Start Up Loans provides support and opportunity to apply for a government backed personal loan for business purposes. Visit the Start Up Loans website.
Business Link can offer an on-line service to support new business start-up, and help existing businesses expand and improve. Visit the Business Link website.
Jobcentre Plus has developed a new enterprise allowance to help people become self-employed. Applicants must be claiming Jobseekers Allowance for a minimum of 13 weeks and not be on the work programme. Find out more about the new enterprise allowance on the Gov.uk website.
Armed Forces resettlement – Career Transition Partnership
The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.
The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving service.
Go to the CTP website for more information: www.ctp.org.uk
When a family member joins the services, the whole family is affected. There are many organisations that can help, and understand the different pressures felt by family members.
The organisations below can provide guidance about what services they offer to families or direct you to organisations that specialise in advising particular family members.
The MOD Army provide a range of welfare support to families while soldiers are away. This support is provided to both Regular Army families and to those of mobilised members of the Territorial Army or the Regular Reserve
The Navy Families Federation provide details of organisations that specialise in advising family members.
The Royal Air Force Families Federation provides details of agencies available to you and your family.
The Royal Navy Community provides service personnel and their families with information and advice ranging from relationships to relocations and from education to professional welfare support.
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association provides backing, encouragement and a ready source of advice for parents of children with additional needs or disabilities, serving personnel with a disability and their partners and carers.
We recognise that long term accommodation is important for people leaving the Armed Forces. We can provide you with information and advice to help you find good quality, affordable housing that meets your individual needs. We welcome applications from ex-services personnel who wish to apply for a social tenancy in North East Lincolnshire.
Call our Home Options team on 01472 326401 for advice and assistance around the housing options available. Alternatively, drop in for housing advice at Freeman Street Resource Centre, 41-43 Kent Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DG. A member of the home options team will be available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, except bank holidays.
Shoreline Housing Partnership
Shoreline are showing their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant by ensuring that five newly built properties are made available to armed forces households each year. These could be for social rent or as part of Shoreline’s Shared Ownership scheme. The local lettings policy is available below. Visit www.homechoicelincs.org.uk to register your application and view the advertisements when these properties become available.
Read our Shoreline Housing Partnership Local Lettings Policy (PDF).
Other advice and guidance
Visit our Housing advice and assistance page for further information around homelessness, safer homes scheme, the home options bond scheme, and legal and mediation advice if you find yourself at risk of becoming homeless.
If you want to know about social housing in North East Lincolnshire then visit our Social rented housing page.
Housing support from other organisations
- MOD Army – provides subsidised accommodation for its servicemen and women. The website has details of service personnel entitlement to service accommodation and removals for personal possessions on assignment to a new area.
- Naval Families Federation – provides details of service families’ accommodation, short term accommodation and other housing options.
- Royal Air Force Families Federation – provides details of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and civilian housing options.
- Royal British Legion – provide short and long term care for serving and ex-Service people and their dependents in Royal British Legion Care Homes around the country.
- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) – offers advice and assistance to anyone eligible for their help, whether they are serving or ex-service, or a family member of someone with a service connection. SSAFA also provide housing and residential home facilities.
- Gov.uk – Veterans UK – provides advice regarding help available to ex-service personnel who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness.
Links to welfare support are now available below.
To access local support, visit our Health and Wellbeing services site.
Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.
The Army Families Federation (AFF) is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice on a range of welfare issues including money matters and family life. AFF works at a local level directly with families and local command.
The MOD Army provides details on a range of welfare issues including deployment support for families, legal assistance and a dedicated Forcesline for confidential guidance.
The Naval Families Federation lists organisations and charities that can help with a range of welfare issues, including bereavement and disability needs.
The Royal Navy Community provides information to help serving personnel facing bullying, harassment or stress.
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provides information on social, family and financial issues to anyone that is currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families.
Veterans UK provides a range of services including a veterans advice helpline, a welfare service that will provide a dedicated caseworker to assist veterans and their families, links to other veterans charities offering advice and details of how to contact local veterans advisory and pensions committees who provide support to war pensioners and war widow(ers).
Council Tax: if you’ve moved back into the area and want to know about how you pay your council tax and what you need to tell us, have a look at the information on the Council Tax homepage.
Council Tax exemption: if you are serving member of our armed forces and stay in armed forces accommodation, you may be able to claim a council tax exemption – Class O
Universal Credit: do you need to claim a state benefit? Use our Universal Credit Launchpad
Other benefits: find out more about what benefits you may be entitled to, how much you might get and also let us know about any change of circumstances – Benefits Homepage
Being in the Forces, you may move to several locations. It is important that you arrange medical and dentistry cover as soon as possible. The following organisations provide advice about the medical and dentistry care available.
The Royal British Legion have Break Centres across the country for those who are recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life affecting events.
The MOD Army provides information on casualty care, mental healthcare and family healthcare.
The Navy Families Federation provides details about dental and medical provision for UK based service families.
The Royal Air Force Families Federation provides details of dental care, medical care, mental health and lifestyle services and facilities available to service families.
The Royal Navy Community provides details about finding a doctor and dentist when service personnel move to a new area.
Veterans Outreach Service is a new mental health service to support veterans and their families. It is open to anyone aged 18 and over who has completed one day’s service or more with the British Military, is a reservist not currently deployed or is a family member of military personnel.
Veterans UK provide information for veterans regarding mental health support and medical advice.
North East Lincolnshire does not have a forces base within its local authority geographical area. Therefore, there are not any bespoke over-subscription criteria priorities for armed forces families in the local authority’s and / or individual academy’s published school admission arrangements.
However, the local authority’s School Admissions Service offers impartial advice, support, guidance and access to a personalised service, if required, to all families including service families relocating, arriving and or returning to the local area. This includes all aspects of the school admissions and appeals processes, including information on school places and locations, types of school/academy, access to an ‘online’ application form, liaising with own admission authority schools or academies and supporting parents and carers if required at appointments. The service also offers impartial advice and guidance on formulating a school admission appeal case, if necessary, and ensures all children and young people arriving in the area gain access to a school or academy place in a timely manner.
Special Educational Needs
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) states that parents serving in HM Armed Forces with children with SEND can access the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) – an information, advice and support service established specifically for service parents. It covers any issue relating to their children’s education, including SEN. More information about CEAS may be found on the CEAS https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service
In North East Lincolnshire, all parents/carers of children and young people with SEND can access:
- Information on the local authority’s published Local Offer which is available at: https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-and-local-offer/ . The Local Offer assists parent/carers and children/young people aged 0 to 25 years find information about specialist and targeted services or activities in North East Lincolnshire
- Local impartial SEND information or advice is also available from the local authority’s Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Team (SENART): Email: email@example.com,Telephone: 01472 323166
- Support from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice, and Support Service (SENDIASS) which is a commissioned service run by Barnardos. Address: 11 Dudley Street, Grimsby, DN31 2A, Email: Nelincs@Barnardos.org.uk, Telephone: 01472 355 365
- Support and information from North East Lincolnshire Parent Participation Forum (NELPPF) at E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 07583 474 892. NELPPF is a collective voice for parents and carers in North East Lincolnshire, offering guidance and support from 0-25 years.