The Armed Forces Covenant, created by virtue of the Armed Forces Act 2011, is a promise from the nation to those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, and those who have served in the past, and their families. It commits that they should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public services. It also recognises that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have the given most such as the injured and bereaved.

In the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017 we gave a commitment to consult on new statutory guidance for local authorities to ensure that divorced and separated spouses and civil partners of Service personnel who are required to leave military accommodation are not disadvantaged by local connection requirements when applying for social housing.