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
Find out more about claiming for compensation with GOV.UK, 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 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.
Blue Light Card
As armed forces personnel, you can get discounts online and on the high street by applying for a Blue Light Card. Find out more about applying for a Blue Light Card.
Veteran's Rail Card
A new railcard to provide discounted rail travel to veterans and their families will be available from 11 November 2020. Find out more about the Veteran's Rail Card.
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.
Find out more about our 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 personnel 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 Barnsley's ex-services 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 our governance team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 provides a benefits calculator, a grant search and information about various armed forces pension and compensation schemes.
Help to manage your money
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:
- Citizens Advice financial advice and support
- what financial support is available
- Jobseekers Allowance and Income support
Forces Compare help those who serve, or have served, to find the best insurance and finance options through a panel of specialist lenders. Find out more about Forces Compare.
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:
- Visit Plane Saver or call 0208 607 5020
- Visit Serve+Protect or call 0845 266 1113
- Visit London Mutual Credit Union or call 020 7787 0770
Keeping your home warm
The following services can help you keep your home warm and make sure you’re not spending too much on your energy bills: