Merthyr Tydfil has a proud record of valuing its armed services, both past and present, and this Covenant is in keeping with such an approach and significantly takes forward the Council’s, and the County Borough’s objectives to support our Armed Forces Community.
The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community of
Merthyr Tydfil and the Armed Forces Community based in the County Borough. The pledge recognises the dual respect between the Council, its partner agencies, its communities and our Armed Forces Personnel (serving and retired) and their families.
In May 2011, the Ministry of Defence published “The Armed Forces Covenant: Today and Tomorrow” which sets out “an enduring covenant between the people of the UK, Her Majesty’s Government and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown and their families”. The Covenant is the expression of the moral obligation the Government and the nation owe to the armed forces. The document set out a range of action the UK Government wishes to undertake to strengthen the Covenant.
This was followed in November 2011 by the Welsh Government’s publication of its own “Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales”, which complements the UK wide Covenant and sets out what is being undertaken within the devolved areas of responsibility.
As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, in June 2011 the UK Government launched the Community Covenant scheme, which encourages public service providers, the private sector and the voluntary and community sectors to offer targeted support for their local armed forces community. These local Covenants are intended to complement the national version and to cement a mutual understanding between local communities and their armed forces.
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