Delivering the Armed Forces Covenant

Areas

The local authority partnership directly covers most of the South West, operating in Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Its work is also aligned with related Covenant work in Dorset and Plymouth.

If you wish to know more about the specific Covenant community work in each of these areas, please follow the links at the bottom of the page to find out more.

Understanding your Local Authority

Local authorities in the South West are structured differently and understanding how they are structured will assist being able to access the correct service.

Depending on where you live, local government consists of at least one or two tiers of authorities.

In some areas, local government is divided between a county council (upper tier) and a district council (lower tier), which are responsible for different services.  In other areas, there is a single unitary authority instead that will look after all services.
A single tier authority will be responsible for the delivery of all of it services across the whole area.

In a two-tier authority the county level will deliver some services for the whole area, with other services delivered by a district authority.

In the South West the partner local authorities are tiered as follows:

  • Cornwall is a single tier unitary authority
  • Bristol City is a single tier unitary authority
  • Devon is a two-tier local authority with 8 districts including Exeter City
  • Gloucestershire is a two-tier unitary with 6 districts
  • Somerset is a two-tier unitary authority with 4 districts
  • North Somerset is part of the ceremonial county of Somerset, but is a single tier unitary authority
  • Wiltshire is a single tier unitary authority

Associated Authorities

Other associated authorities in the South West are tiered as follows:

  • Dorset is a two-tier unitary authority with 5 Districts.  Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is a separate unitary within the ceremonial county of Dorset
  • Bath and North East Somerset is part of the ceremonial county of Somerset, but is a single tier unitary authority
  • Plymouth City is a single tier unitary authority
  • South Gloucestershire and Swindon are single tier unitary authorities