The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has renewed their commitment to the Armed Forces Community within the Borough by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Leader of the Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell was joined by Wing Commander Judith Hird, representing the Armed Forces, and representatives from the Voluntary and Charity Sectors in signing the Covenant and reaffirming their support. This re-signing marks just the tip of the iceberg and is the public display of commitment to a much larger package of work that is going on behind the scenes to support the Armed Forces Community in Barking and Dagenham. Even without a resident military unit within the borough, this community still makes up 10% of the population, including the 8th highest percentage of veterans across all London Boroughs.
‘Renewing the Covenant in the Capital’ is working with Local Authorities across London to improve their understanding and awareness of the Armed Forces, the issues they may face and how best to support them. Barking and Dagenham is now moving forward in their approach to supporting this community and will be working with us to train their frontline staff, adopting e-learning training packages and spreading the word through departments to review that their policies cater for the Armed Forces and ensure they face no disadvantage due to their service. We continue to work closely with the other 31 London Boroughs and the City of London to renew the covenant in the capital and are pleased that Barking and Dagenham are setting such a good example of how a council can work to bring the Armed Forces Covenant to life, supporting the wider Armed Forces Community with their actions rather than just their words.