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I just wanted to ask if anyone has had the same problem as myself.


I left the forces in 2002 after serving 22years, I ran my own business for 8 years but the recession took hold and I could not carry on any longer due to cashflow etc.


I managed to get paid employment until the company went bankrupt about 16 months later and I am now unemployed. When I first lost my job I went to the job centre and registered etc, however, when I explained that after 22years of service I was now in receipt of a military pension, £540 per month, I was informed that I was not entitled to claim a penny. No job seekers allowance, no assistance with rent etc, nothing. Surely there must be a way around this as we just simply cannot survive on this amount of money. I am married and have one dependant child. We are living with my in laws at the moment which is far from perfect.

Please don't get me wrong, both my wife and I are looking for work as we always have done but there just seems to be nothing about at the moment.


Can anyone offer any advice please?

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This doesn't sound right. Your pension counts as income, but isn't a bar to benefits, which is what seems to have been suggested.


CAB Money Advisers give priority to veterans under a RBL arrangement.


If you've got time on your hands (because they take ages to answer their phones), the SPVA Veterans Helpline should be able to advise you: 0800 169 2277


For work, have a look at http://www.rfea.org.uk/; they've changed a lot in the last couple of years.

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Thanks for your reply ScarletPimpernel, if I remember correctly, through the red mist, I was told that my pension took me above the threshold for housing allowance and because I was not receiving housing allowance I was not eligable for job seekers allowance or vice versa ? I will double check though with the agencies above, thank you.

Hopefully won't need any benefits if my wife or I get work soon ;-)

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Ther are other benefits you can claim and there is an icome based aspect to ESA that will take into account your pension and circumstances. You will have a problem with living at your in-laws as they may be deemed to be supporting you even if they are not. The social security system favours those who do the least for themselves I'm afraid.

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