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Q. A.


My daughter will soon be leaving the Royal Air Force (RAF) after she returns from her final tour abroad, but she has not got any plans for when she finishes her service. I heard from a neighbour that there might be some special help for people who have served in the military on housing and benefits. Do you have


any details of these?


Yes we do. Citizens Advice Bureaux work closely with veterans‟ charities – like The Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency – to provide veterans with specific advice and guidance. Since your daughter is leaving the Armed Forces soon she can get general housing help


through the Joint Service Housing Advice Office. For social housing the local council housing office will be able to help. She might also be able to get help with the cost of buying a home. If she is eligible, the Armed


Forces Home Ownership Scheme may be able to lend her between 15 and 50% of the value of a home that you choose on the open property market. If she is single she can get help from the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services (SPACES). SPACES helps single ex service personnel find housing throughout the United Kingdom which can be temporary or permanent. If your daughter contacts them within six months of leaving the Armed Forces they may be able to help her find accommodation. The range of welfare benefits and tax credits available to veterans is much the same as that


available to civilians, depending on individual circumstances. Since she has served abroad, she may also be able to get a tax-free relief payment for her council tax or contributions paid instead of council tax. Payments are issued at the end of time abroad and they are based on the number of days served abroad. For more help, visit your local CAB.


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