Help for RAF vet­er­ans

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

The na­tional press con­tin­ues to raise con­cerns about the roll out of Uni­ver­sal Credit which com­bines six ben­e­fits into one and in some cases will re­sult in claimants hav­ing to wait up to six weeks be­fore re­ceiv­ing their first pay­ment of Uni­ver­sal Credit.

We at the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund are pas­sion­ate about help­ing all mem­bers of the RAF Fam­ily who are in need.

We launched our Ad­vice and Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice two years ago fol­low­ing re­search which in­di­cated that many of our ben­e­fi­cia­ries were not re­ceiv­ing the state ben­e­fits they were en­ti­tled to, such as Hous­ing Ben­e­fit, Coun­cil Tax Re­duc­tion or Uni­ver­sal Credit.

We’re keen to hear from any­one who has served in the RAF, in­clud­ing their part­ners and de­pen­dants who find them­selves af­fected by the re­cent changes to the ben­e­fit sys­tem.

We may be able to pro­vide ad­vice, ad­vo­cacy or fi­nan­cial sup­port to help al­le­vi­ate your fi­nan­cial dis­tress.

We can also help in re­la­tion to other forms of fi­nan­cial dis­tress.

If you feel we can help you or some­one you know, call 0800 169 2942 to­day or visit

Air Com­modore Paul Hugh­es­don, Di­rec­tor of Wel­fare and Pol­icy, RAF Benev­o­lent Fund

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