RAF veterans and their partners who have been financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

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The RAF Benevolent Fund has identified more than £8M in unclaimed benefits for RAF veterans since the launch of its advice service in 2015. Now it is calling on any working age veterans who have been affected by Covid-19 to get in touch if they are facing financial difficulties as a result of the end of the Government’s furlough scheme.

The Fund’s Benefits and Advice service provides tailored advice and information to help working age and pensions age veterans and their partners to navigate the benefits system, whether they are claiming benefits for the first time or facing a change in circumstances or reduction in income.

Laura Austin-Pugh, Welfare Benefits Executive at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said:

“In 2019 alone, our advice identified £1.6M of benefits which could be claimed by RAF veterans. With the furlough scheme finishing at the end of this month and with the future uncertain due to the changing situation around coronavirus restrictions, it is more important than ever that members of the RAF Family are aware of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Benefits Advice Service.

“We can carry out benefit checks for you, advise on how to make benefit claims, and advise on how to challenge benefits decisions you disagree with. In addition, we can advise on any income maximisation schemes that might be available to you, which can reduce your outgoings/expenses to make more of your income.”

The support we offer can support veterans like Mr and Mrs Smith (not their real names) who were made redundant by the same employer after 15 years in their jobs. Their combined redundancy package, and existing savings, meant they did not qualify for any means-tested benefits. Our Welfare Benefits Executive looked into their case and, as they had been in full-time employment for the previous two years, advised them they were likely to be eligible for new-style Job Seekers Allowance while they looked for alternative employment. The executive identified this to be £74.35 a week, for each of them, for the next six months.

To get in touch with one of our benefits advisors, please call 0300 102 1919 and ask to speak with a Welfare Benefits Advisor or email [email protected].

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