When serving personnel are posted abroad, spouses may need to give up their jobs to move with them.
Spouses, civil partners and dependents can claim income based Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit as soon as they return to the UK after accompanying service personnel working abroad.
The rule requiring them to be a resident for 3 months before being eligible to claim no longer applies.
The Government has now introduced an MOD NI credit scheme so that spouses/civil partners accompanying their spouses on an overseas assignment can claim Class 3 Contributions towards their state pension whilst they are abroad.
If you have left the service within the last three years you will be able to volunteer for the DWP Work Programme. This provides support, work experience and training for up to 2 years to help people find and stay in work. Those receiving Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Income Support are eligible.
Find out how the DWP’s enhanced access to Jobcentre Plus services might affect you.
For Essex the Jobcentre Plus Armed Forces Champion is Neil Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have been seriously injured as a result of service, you may be entitled to the Armed Forces Independence Payment
Information on jobs, employment and skills can also be found through the following links:
Locally, Colchester Institute, a vocational college have launched Building Heroes which provides skills training to Military Veterans and support into employment in the building trades.
A government bursary of £40,000 will be available from September 2018 for ex-service personnel to retrain as teachers. Courses will be made available at universities nationwide from September onwards for those who have left full-time employment in the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force within the last 5 years. The bursary has been developed as part of the Department for Education’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant: undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, maths, computing and modern foreign languages will be prioritised.
Find out more about the Bursary.
Once you have left the Armed Forces you may be able to make time to volunteer. You can make positive changes to people's lives whilst developing your own skills at the same time. Contact Community 360 to find out more.