Money


Get your finances in order ready for your final move to civvy street, including any allowances you may be entitled to.

On this page:

Termination pay
Your soldier's pension
Final removal costs
Don’t forget to claim your National Insurance contributions
Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)

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Termination pay

Final pay-out for pension benefits may take up to 35 working days after your soldier’s discharge/retirement date.

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 Your soldier's pension 

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It provides essential support services to the Armed Forces and veterans including: 

  • allowances
  • pensions
  • compensation

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/pensions-and-compensation-for-veterans#pensions 

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Final removal costs 

The Army does not pay for your first or final move so make sure you are aware of the costs associated with moving and prepare accordingly.

There is a little known regulation that covers ‘Final Tour of Duty’ requests.

Provision does exist for paying both Disturbance Expense (DE) and Removal of Personal Effects (RPE) at public expense for a final move providing that a request to reside in a particular area has previously been made to the appropriate Career Manager.

For more information, click here.

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Don’t forget to claim your National Insurance contributions

From 6 April 2010, all Service spouses and civil partners are able to claim National Insurance credits, to maintain their National Insurance record, for time spent accompanying their spouse or civil partner on an overseas assignment. 

These credits protect your entitlement to the basic state pension and contribution-based Social Security benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.

For more information, click here.

Click here to download the application form for National Insurance credits 

For more information on 'Getting credits towards your State Pension' visit www.gov.uk/state-pension/eligibility  

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 Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) 

This is the main benefit you can get if you’re unemployed and looking for work. This benefit is taxable. To find out more, click here.

JSA returning from overseas assignment:

AFF is extremely pleased that there have been condition changes for families returning from overseas with regards to claiming JSA.

These new changes have been implemented to overcome previous disadvantage faced by Army spouses/civil partners returning from overseas postings. Click here for more details.

 

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AFF Specialist

Laura Lewin
Tel: 0779 904 5955 
Email: etam@aff.org.uk

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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

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