Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
As a Gold award holder, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) is committed to the Armed Forces Covenant. We have a dedicated website containing a range of information. We have a number of supportive employment policies including a Reserve Forces Policy, Cadet Volunteer time off, special leave allocations. We offer work experience to military children. We have two Armed Forces Champions. Both elected members and officers attend a range of military events, and are proud advocates of the Covenant to local businesses, large and small. We regularly advertise Reservist and Cadet volunteer opportunities on the employee intranet. We circulate an Armed Forces questionnaire to current and new employees to understand their support needs.
We provide specific Housing Benefit and Council Tax support to ex-military personnel and include in our Housing Policy that members of the British Armed Forces are eligible to join the register and will be placed in Band B, the 2nd highest housing allocation band. We also take part in public health initiatives, such as hearing aids for Forces veterans.
RBWM are proud to have two barracks in Windsor. These are home to the Welsh Guards and Coldstream Guards. We have very close links with the personnel serving in these barracks, and also their families, including having dedicated schools. Having already obtained the Silver Award, we are now working towards achieving the Gold. We advertise all of our vacancies on forces' websites and guarantee interviews for those meeting the minimum criteria. We forge close ties to our neighbouring Berkshire boroughs and whenever possible run joint initiatives. A recent charitable event we hosted with our Mayor was for the War Horse Memorial, which was erected in Ascot and commemorates the one million horses, mules and donkeys lost during the Great War.