Information and advice for armed forces

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If you or a family member has previously served in the armed forces, are currently serving or are serving reservists there is support available to you in Westminster. 

Westminster City Council's Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Rachael Robathan, works with local partners to ensure our services respond directly to the needs of our armed forces community. 

Your local London Hive information blog provides a wide range of information designed for the armed forces community and is also your route to accessing the Hive information support officer. 

1. Finance and employment

Advice on benefits and other finance matters is provided by our Information and advice services. In addition, the Benefits and Money Advice Service provides dedicated advice for the serving and ex-serving community, and their dependents.

There are a number of organisations that provide employment support for the armed forces community.

  • The Career Transition Partnership helps people leaving the services to find new careers and jobs.
  • SaBRE (Supporting Britain's reservists and Employers) offers impartial advice for Reservists and their employers on employment matters and
  • Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise that offers employment opportunities for the spouses of serving members of the armed forces. 

2. Housing

Your time in military service will be taken into account if you apply for housing at Westminster City Council. Please contact our Housing Team for more information. 

The Joint Service Housing Advice Service (JSHAS) can also provide advice about finding housing when you leave the services. 

3. Health

When registering with your local GP make sure to let them know your armed forces background. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition as long as it's related to your service, regardless of whether or not you receive a war pension. 

4. Schools Admissions

School admissions can be difficult to navigate from a foreign base or even just a different borough. Our School Admissions Team can provide advice and assistance for parents, and carers about all aspects of school admissions.

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is a government service which provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.

5. Activities for children and young people

In Westminster we have numerous sport and leisure activities designed for young people. Young people aged 8-19 can enjoy free activities every week, all year. 

6. Parenting support and childcare

Our local Children Centres provide services for children aged 0 to 5 years and their families including childcare, family support and health services.

Our Family Information Service (FIS) offers free, impartial information for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-19 (up to 25 years for those with additional needs).

7. Parking

Our Parking team can provide information about resident parking permits and disabled parking

8. Discounts

Our CitySave scheme provides special offers and discounts for Westminster residents.

The Defence Discount Service offer discounts for members of the armed forces community from participating stores across the country. 

Last updated: 25 September 2017
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