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Armed Forces Covenant

Dundee’s Commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

Dundee City Council has had a long and mutually supportive relationship with the Armed Forces which was formalised when the Lord Provost, along with representatives of military and ex-service organisations, first signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant on the Council’s behalf in March 2012. A refreshed version of the Covenant was launched on Armed Forces Day in June 2016 and a copy of the Covenant signed by the current Lord Provost can be downloaded here.

Successive Lord Provosts have acted as Veterans Champions, and the current Lord Provost continues to use that role to support the armed forces and to lobby on behalf of veterans. As an example, the Lord Provost recently corresponded with the Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group for Armed Forces and the Veterans Community about issues affecting ex-service personnel which may have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, including mental health and financial issues. The Lord Provost is a member of the local Firm Base Group which brings together all those organisations with a commitment to the Covenant, and the Chief Executive is also represented on the Firm Base Group.

The specific measures to which the Council committed itself in the Community Covenant were to promote services to armed forces personnel, veterans and their families to ensure uptake of welfare benefits and benefit and money advice services, housing options, education, access to leisure facilities, social care services and employability and training services. This commitment has been pursued by:

  • Providing information on Council services, and on policy issues affecting serving personnel or veterans, at the Firm Base Group (e.g. on the work of our Employment Disability Unit and the implications of Welfare Reform)
  • Helping to resolve any individual cases or queries relating to Council services, benefits, Council Tax etc
  • Ensuring links between the Council’s housing and homelessness services and the Scottish Veterans Housing Association residence at Rosendael
  • Supporting the establishment of a Veterans Project at City Quay, including financial assistance from the Council’s Common Good Fund and development of supportive referral arrangements between the project and Council officers. This project also hosted the Veterans First Point service managed by NHS Tayside until it was relocated to health board premises where it continues to provide peer mentoring support from service veterans
  • Producing and updating a section of the Council’s website on support for veterans and publishing a leaflet highlighting the key contacts for people leaving the Armed Forces on Council services and other services in Dundee, with the aim of ensuring that those leaving military service are aware of all the sources of information and advice which will help the transition to civilian life
  • Offering concessions for serving and former military personnel at the swimming pools and sports centres run on the Council’s behalf by Leisure and Culture Dundee