The Armed Forces Covenant was launched by government in June 2011. It expresses the enduring principles that govern the relationship between the Nation, the Government and the Forces Community. Its principle is the Forces Community should not face disadvantage because of their service. The Covenant covers housing, education, after Service support for all veterans.
In conjunction with the Armed Forces Covenant, Community Covenants were launched. These are voluntary statements of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces community. In Yorkshire and the North East, all 34 local authorities have signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Military Civilian Integration (MCI) is the term used to describe the partnership working between the British Army within the region - local authorities, statutory bodies and other civil organisations. MCI aims to maximise the mutual economic and social benefit to both the Armed Forces communities (serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans) and the wider civilian community.
The long term aim will be to ensure the Armed Forces communities in the Brigade area, particularly those in and around Catterick Garrison and York, become local citizens with improved quality of life and consequent benefits for the civilian communities which live alongside them.
4th Infantry Brigade - Military Civil Integration (MCI) Team
The Military Civil Integration (MCI ) Team
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HQ 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East
Baden Powell House, Peronne Lines
Scotton Road, Catterick Garrison
Catterick, North Yorkshire, DL9 3LD
The MCI Team aims to act as a link between the locally focused elements of the Brigade and civilian organisations throughout Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England.
The key objectives are:
- To identify and manage the impact of changes to the size, nature and geographical location of Armed Forces communities.
- To provide partner organisations with a clear understanding of the specific needs of the Armed Forces communities in their area in order to factor these needs into long-term planning, and to enable the appropriate provision of local authority services.
- To establish a programme of work that delivers mutual benefit and promotes economic and social integration between the Armed Forces communities and the wider civilian community.
- To provide a focal point for Community Engagement activity in the Brigade area.