Armed forces covenant
We are committed to giving fair support to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Armed Forces Covenants
In 2013 we signed the Cumbria Armed Forces Covenant and the Eden Armed Forces Community Covenant. This demonstrates a clear commitment that we actively seek out ways in which we can assist the armed forces community, particularly those who will be leaving active service and making the transition to civilian life.
The purpose of the covenants is to encourage support for the Armed Forces community working and living in Eden and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces. This includes those currently in service, ex-service personnel and their families.
The Royal British Legion top five policy changes
The Royal British Legion has requested that policy makers make five changes to support armed forces veterans. The following three are relevant to district councils:
Councils should fully disregard military compensation payments when means testing for Council delivered support
Councils should make tangible changes to social housing allocations
Councils should prioritise Disabled Facilities Grants applications where the disability is as a result of service in the Armed Forces.
The support we offer
We offer practical support in the following ways:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Scheme - we fully disregard military compensation payments in calculating eligibility and have done so since the 1990s. For more information on how the benefit and reduction system are calculated, see our web pages on how housing benefit is calculated and paid and Council Tax reduction is calculated.
Homelessness - The No Second Night Out scheme is for homeless people sleeping rough. It identifies those at risk of homelessness and builds links with private sector landlords, which may be of benefit to veterans most at risk during the transition process.
- Disabled Facilities Grants