Dover District Council


Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

Dover District is steeped in military history as Britain’s frontline town; the very fabric of the area has been shaped by the part it has played in the defence realm. From our castles, coastal fortifications and war memorials to strong traditions and cultural ties which have become borne of our connections with the armed forces.  Every branch of the armed forces has had, at some time or other, a major presence in the Dover district.  We recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families can bring to our organisation.  For this reason we are delighted to support the Armed Forces Covenant in supporting our armed forces community in many different ways:

  • We will always consider offering an interview to spouses/partners if they meet the selection an recruitment laid out in a job advert
  • We will support spouses and partners as part of our flexible working policy, before, during and after deployment  
  • We will continue to offer 10 days paid leave for Reservists to complete the basic training
  • We will support training and development which help within their role at DDC but also for future employment
  • We will grant special paid leave and up to 30 working days unpaid leave, in any one year to deal with unaccepted or sudden emergencies.  A bereavement or serious illness is included in this.
  • We offer flexible working, where spouses and partners, can request up to 24 days per year as flexi days, these can be used to support with partners deployments and mobilisations.
  • Spouses and partners have the right to request flexible working hours to manage personal priorities.  Dover district council is committed to agreeing and flexible working arrangements provided that they meet the needs and objectives of both the council and the employee.        

About us

Dover District Council is a second tier local authority providing a wide range of statutory and public services across two urban areas (Dover and Deal), a market town (Sandwich), and a large rural area made up of villages and smaller settlements. The area's population is 114,200. Dover District Council came into existence in April 1974 under the last major reorganisation of local government. Today, the Council has 32 members representing 17 wards, and employs c.330 staff. 

The Council's vision is to secure a prosperous future for the Dover district, which will be a place where people want to live, work, invest and visit. The Council aims to achieve this vision by focusing on four strategic priorities:

  1. Thriving Economy;
  2. Clean, Green and Safe Environment;
  3. Healthier People and Communities, and;
  4. Smarter Council.