Making Allowances- AFC Blog

Making Allowances- AFC Blog

Make sure you check out the Armed Forces Covenant‬ blog that highlights great examples of how your feedback really does help us change policy.

Harvey Meeds who features in their latest piece ‘Making Allowances’ “if you don’t get a result you believe to be fair, don’t give up. Talk to your Families Federation and find out what your options are, and what support is on offer”.

Harvey Meeds is the son of Lieutenant Commander Kevin Meeds, who decided to return to the UK after finishing school abroad, in the country where Kevin had been posted, his first thought was to get a job.

And, like thousands of others, while he was searching for work, he decided to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Yet to his dismay he was told he wasn’t eligible to claim, or receive any of the support that people looking for work can generally rely on. The reason he was given was that because he had been non-resident in the UK for three months, he didn’t meet the necessary criteria and so was not able to receive help.

Seeing this as unfair treatment he contacted us.

Together with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Armed Forces Covenant team we were able to achieve a policy ruling which has now been introduced that means, spouses and grown-up children of Service personnel, returning from overseas are exempt from the ‘three month residence requirement’ criteria for income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

You can read the full article here.