Help with finance and debt

The armed forces community is financially self-supporting and resilient.

We want to offer you the support and guidance you need to ensure you are financially stable.

Armed forces compensation

You can claim for compensation if while serving in the armed forces:

  • you got an injury or illness
  • an existing condition you had was made worse

Constant Attendance Allowance

You can also apply for Constant Attendance Allowance if you need daily care for a disability.

Discounts on services and goods

Defence Discount Service

The Defence Discount Service gives members of the armed forces community discounts both online and on the high street.

Members of the armed forces community can take their membership card into shops, restaurants and other venues to get a discount.

Find out more about the Defence Discount Service.

Blue Light Card

As armed forces personnel you can get discounts online and on the high street by applying for a Blue Light Card, you can find out how to apply and what discounts are available.  

Financial help if you're disabled

Find out about the wide range of disability-related financial support, including benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions. Find out more about the benefits you could receive.

You may qualify for reduced price travel with a disabled person's travel pass or disabled person's railcard. You may also want to look at the Blue Badge scheme which provides a badge so you can park in marked parking spaces closer to the place you're visiting. 

Grants and personal funds

Barnsley's ex service personal fund

This fund aims to help people who have served in our armed forces and who are now in need of help, whether through disability, sickness, old age or poverty. Small grants of around £300 are available, which are individually assessed by the trustees.

You can get more information on the fund and help to complete the application form from the fund caseworker, Danny Beever on 07938 009495. He may ask for estimates or invoices if the application is for a specific purpose. You may need to provide information including bank statements to support your application.

You can download the application form to apply and return it with any supporting information to: Council Governance Unit, Barnsley Council, PO Box 364, Barnsley, S70 9GG or email it to us

DWP

Department for Work and Pensions can offer you financial support and guidance to the armed forces community. Find out more about DWP's financial support.

Turn2Us 

Turn2Us provides a benefits calculator, a grant search and information about various armed forces pension and compensation schemes. 

Find out more about Turn2Us, or use their find an advisor service.

Help to manage your money

Citizens Advice 

If you're currently serving in the armed forces, are a veteran or dependent, there is a range of financial advice available to you.

Find out more about: 

Joining Forces Credit Union

The Ministry of Defence is supporting three credit unions to join forces and offer saving accounts and loans to the armed forces and its veterans:

Credit union Contact number
Plane Saver 0208 607 5020
Serve+Protect  0845 266 1113
London Mutual Credit Union 020 7787 0770

Find out more about the Joining Forces Credit Union service.

MoneyForce

MoneyForce is a joint initiative between Standard Life Charitable Trust, the Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence. 

MoneyForce aims to help all service personnel, their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to manage their finances. 

Find out more about MoneyForce.