Council Tax, utility bills, groceries and rent; these are just some of the financial commitments that many Veterans face for the first time when they leave the Services. Because bills have previously been deducted from pay at source, it can be a challenge to budget for them, yet failing to do so can bring long-lasting negative consequences.
In this section we provide direction to credit unions, which can offer a wide range of affordable financial services, and to debt advice and support organisations that can give advice to avoid and, if necessary, recover from debt.
Some useful websites include:
The law about debt is different depending on whether you live in England and Wales or Scotland. If you live in Scotland, make sure you are in our Scottish site so you get the right advice.
Welcome to Scotland’s Financial Health Service website (SFHS). This Scottish Government website is the place to come if you have financial concerns or are just seeking useful, free and impartial advice which you can trust.
A number of veterans are unaware of the various benefits and other support that they may be eligible for and as such the link below will offer advice and guidance.
You may be missing out on financial help that you are entitled to through welfare benefits. The entitled to calculator can help you check what you might be able to claim.
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You can get help paying for qualifications whether you:
Trustees of the Veterans Foundation allocate grants every three or four months. They welcome applications from Armed Forces charities and other organisations carrying out charitable work for serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces, qualifying merchant seamen, and their dependants, who are in need. Deadlines for applications are the end of December, March, May and September each year. Further details can be found on the website www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/ .
Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using online websites. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, using these tools you can track down various sources of funding you need to make a difference in your community. We have listed several of these organisation that you may wish to engage with regarding future funding of your projects.
Join over 3,000 subscribers to the best-selling funding websites for charities, containing more sources, commentary and funding analysis than anywhere else.
Are you a veteran? Have you seen active service within the last 4 years? Did you travel home whilst you were posted?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you could well be entitled to reclaim £1000s back in tax relating to your travel whilst you were serving. And we bet that no one even told you!?
RIFT Social Enterprise is a not-for-profit organisation supporting ’hard to reach’ individuals reclaim tax that they have overpaid, support them with getting their tax affairs in order and providing specialised training and on-going support with becoming self-employed. It was established in January 2018, originally focusing on supporting people within the criminal justice sector, however it has recently branched out and now supports anyone who is classed as ‘hard to reach’ under the following criteria:
Tel: 01224 523738 Fax: 01224 522297 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Podium , Ground Floor St Nicholas House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1BY
Tel: 01236 727757
Abronhill Community Education Centre , 2 Larch Road, Abronhill, Glasgow G67 3AZ
Tel: 08452 777 778 Email: meechanGP@angus.gov.uk
Welfare Rights Service, Carseview Office , Carseview Road, Forfar, Angus DD8 3BT
Tel: 01546 604176 or 01546 604326
Kilmory , Lochgilphead PA31 8RT