Armed Forces Covenants

Rossendale Borough Council signed its Armed Forces Covenant on 20th March 2024.  The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise made by the United Kingdom to those who serve or have served in the armed forces, as well as their families.

RBC Armed Forces Covenant

You can also find information on the The Lancashire Armed Forces Covenant Hub - Lancashire County Council

Rossendale Borough Council has a lead member responsibility for championing the Armed Forces.

Councillor Marilyn Procter

Financial advice for the armed forces

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support: For all information about benefits and support please visit our benefits page.

Deployment | Royal Navy ( Providing guidelines for serving personnel on a wide range of areas, ranging from marriage and pregnancy to making a will. In addition to this they provide a legal and financial advice service.  Offering a range of financial assistance services that includes Loans, grants, benefits and money advice. They can also help with compensation claims that arose during service under the war pensions scheme or the armed forces compensation scheme.

Armed forces pensions - GOV.UK ( : Offering information to service personnel or family who are injured, disabled or left bereaved by service, including details of the armed forces compensation scheme, the war disablement pensions and armed forces pensions.

Army Families Federation - Supporting Army families worldwide ( Providing confidential impartial local advice about any financial or family issues.

Individual Grants - The Soldiers' Charity ( Individual grants for soldiers, former soldiers and their immediate family.


Housing advice for the armed forces

For support on Rossendale housing issues visit the housing and homeless page of this website

Citizens Advice : Citizen’s Advice offers advice and guidance on a large array of issues.

NFF | Royal Navy and Royal Marines Housing & Accommodation Advice: Provides details for Service Families Accommodation (SFA), short term accommodation and other housing options.

Housing and Accommodation > RAF Families Federation ( : Provides Information about SFA (Service Families Accommodation), Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and civilian based housing options.

Housing advice | Joining civvy street | SSAFA : Provides advice and guidance for servicemen and women currently serving and veterans, as well as aiding the family members of service personnel. The SSAFA also provide housing and residential home facilities.

Advice and support for veterans & ex-forces | Veterans' Gateway ( : Support for veterans on a wide range of issues including housing.

Veterans UK - GOV.UK ( : Offering advice for homeless veterans or veterans who are threatened with homelessness.


Schools and education

ELCAS - Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services : The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme: Encouraging learning amongst armed forces personnel and also providing financial support for the pursuit of higher level education.

Schools - Lancashire County Council : Lancashire County Council provide advice and information about primary and secondary schools as well as advising how to appeal a school rejection decision.


Health and wellbeing

Support groups for bereaved families | Military families | SSAFA : The BFSG provides emotional and social support and a signposting service for those families requiring welfare support to the families of members of the armed forces who have died in service whatever the circumstances. BFSG is run by SSAFA Forces Help which is the national charity for those who served in our armed forces, those who used to serve, and their families.

Priority NHS Care for Veterans :  All Veterans are provided priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition that is related to their time during service.


Employment Support

 Forces Employment Charity : provides life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, regardless of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

 Home - Forces Families Jobs: Forces Families Jobs s the go-to place for training, employment and volunteer roles for family members of currently serving UK military personnel. 

 Resettlement Job Opportunities for Ex-Service Personnel | Army, Navy, RAF ( : The Career Transition Partnership is available to help you market yourself confidently to employers and succeed in the civilian job market.

Rossendale Works | Active Lancashire : Rossendale Works is a free service that has been designed to meet the needs of local people who have been struggling to get into the workplace.