Money

If you are looking for help with your situation you can contact Forcesline for confidential and independent support on 0800 7314880.

Benefits

Your benefits entitlement

On the Gov.uk website you can read about the available benefits and see what you may be entitled to. You can use the benefits calculators to see what effects benefits will have on your income and apply online.
Visit: www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/entitlement

Housing benefits

If you’re on a low income you could get Housing Benefit to pay all or part of your rent. You can apply for housing benefit if you are unemployed or working.
Visit: www.gov.uk/housing-benefit/overview

You can find more information about housing benefits and council tax from your local district council; use the Gov.uk council finder to find out which district council you need to contact.
Visit: www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council

District councils in Devon

East Devon: devon.cc/eastdevonhousing

Exeter: devon.cc/devonhomechoice

Mid Devon: devon.cc/middevonhousing

North Devon: devon.cc/northdevonhousing

Plymouth: devon.cc/plymouthhousing

South Ham: devon.cc/southhamshousing

Teignbridge: www.teignbridge.gov.uk/findingahome

Torbay: devon.cc/torbayhousing

Torridge: devon.cc/torridgehousing

West Devon: devon.cc/westdevonhousing

Armed Forces compensation scheme

There are several compensation schemes administered by Veterans UK on behalf of the Ministry of Defence available to serving and former serving personnel who are injured as a result of their service in the armed forces. The scheme that applies to each individual will depend on when and where you served.
Visit: devon.cc/afcompensation

Benefits and Money Advice (BMA) Service

The Royal British Legion site offers advice on a range of financial issues including money and debt, pensions and compensation and applying for disability benefits.
Visit: devon.cc/rblmba

Turn2us

This is a national charity that can help people access benefits, grants and support services if you are in financial hardship.
Visit: www.turn2us.org.uk

 

Managing money

Defence Discount Service

The Defence Discount Service works with online and high street companies to offer Armed Forces veterans a discount on services like clothes shopping and holidays.
Visit: www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Royal British Legion

The Legion provides specialist compensation advice, help with debt and emergency situations, and can support you through grants and loans. They provide help to thousands of ex-service people every year.
Visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/finances/

Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert aims to provide money saving guides, tips and tools. They also highlight special offers and provide detailed information about budgeting, loans and mortgages.
Visit: www.moneysavingexpert.com

CAB

The Citizens Advice Bureau has detailed and independent advice on managing all money issues including dealing with debt, mortgage and rent arrears, insurance, loans, pensions and banking.
Visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/

Money Advice Service

This service has been set up by the government to offer free advice and support online, in person and over the phone. There’s information about every aspect of managing your money, including a mortgage calculator, letter templates, free printed guides and videos.
Visit: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

Living Options Devon

Living Options Devon work with the Citizens Advice Bureau to offer advice and training to manage benefits, seek work, budget and get online. This service is available to anyone who is disabled or deaf and of working age (16 to 66).
Visit: devon.cc/lodwrp
Phone: 01392 459222

MoneyForce

Specifically tailored to armed forces personnel , MoneyForce provides a platform of tools to mange costs, create money saving goals and gives helpful advice on many money problems you may face.
Visit: www.moneyforce.org.uk

 

Debt advice

CAB

The Citizens Advice Bureau has detailed and independent advice on managing all money issues including dealing with debt, mortgage and rent arrears, and loans.
Visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/

Money Advice Service

This service has been set up by the government to offer free advice and support online, in person and over the phone. There’s information about every aspect of managing debt including guides, letter templates and videos.
Visit: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

Gov.uk

Gov.uk has information about the correct procedures for dealing with debt and bankruptcy.
Visit: www.gov.uk/browse/tax/court-claims-debt-bankruptcy

National Debtline

A government service to help you deal with debt. You can get personalised online help or talk to an advisor on the phone, through webchat or by email.
Visit: www.nationaldebtline.org

Service Benevolent Funds

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Provides a range of support that includes welfare breaks for families and veterans, grants to help with getting about inside and outside the home, advice on benefits and care services and support for young people through the Airplay programme.
Visit: www.rafbf.org/how-we-help

The Soldiers’ Charity

Provides financial assistance to all soldiers and ex-soldiers and their families when in need. They help individuals in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, carehome fees and respite breaks.
Visit: www.soldierscharity.org

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Provides help in cases of need, to serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks. They also help partners, children and some others connected with them.
Visit: www.rnbt.org.uk/

Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund

Provides support to help ex-Marines and their families have a better quality of life.
Visit: www.rmctf.org.uk/

The Royal British Legion

Providing advice, support and financial assistance to soldiers, ex soldiers and their families. Helping with information on housing options, benefit entitlement, welfare grants, mobility equipment , poppy breaks, mobility assistance and help with priority debt.
Visit: devon.cc/blgrants

 

Pensions and savings

Calculate your pension

Visit: www.gov.uk/armed-forces-pension-calculator

Independent financial advice for private pensions

Money Advice Service

This service has been set up by the government to offer free advice and support online, in person and over the phone. There’s information about every aspect of managing your money, including a mortgage calculator, letter templates, free printed guides and videos.
Visit: devon.cc/maspensions

Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert aims to provide money saving guides, tips and tools. They also highlight special offers and provide detailed information about budgeting, loans and mortgages.
Visit: devon.cc/msepensions

Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice Bureau has detailed and independent advice on managing all money issues including dealing with debt, mortgage and rent arrears, insurance, loans, pensions and banking.
Visit: devon.cc/capensions

 

 

If you are looking for help with your situation you can contact Forcesline for confidential and independent support on 0800 731 4880. Forcesline is a service provided by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.