What is the MCI Partnership?
Wiltshire's Military Civilian Integration Partnership is the first of its kind in the UK. Since 2006, it has bought together military and public services maximising the economic and social benefits of Wiltshire's military presence.
The partnership aims to improve the economic and social benefits of the military presence in the county. By working closely with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, and local communities will all benefit. This is becoming increasingly important because, as part of the government's Army Basing Programme, an additional 4,000 service personnel and their families are due to move to Wiltshire by the end of the decade.
The partnership has some key objectives:
- To identify and respond to the changing military ‘footprint' in Wiltshire
- To ensure the council and its partners can meet the needs of military personnel, their families and veterans as changes occur
- To ensure the county remains an attractive location for our Armed Forces and long-term investment by MOD
- To capitalise on opportunities for regeneration and building sustainable communities
- To maximise the economic contribution of the military to the county
- To assist service leavers in career transition and into employment in the area, helping soldiers back into civilian society
- To encourage local communities to support for the AF through the Wiltshire Community Covenant.
Organisations involved in the partnership include; Wiltshire Council, the Army's HQ South West, MOD Boscombe Down, MOD's Information Service & Systems, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Defence College of Technical Training, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Homes and Communities Agency and the voluntary sector represented by Community First.
The MCI Partnership Board meets every three months and provides strategic direction and guidance to the partnership and directs the work of its MCI Delivery Group. This group, which also has NHS representation, meets quarterly to direct and monitor progress on the agreed workstreams.