Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
11 June 2014

SSAFA reaffirms support for Forces personnel and their families affected by redundancy

Read a statement from David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA, on the impact of redundancies on the military community and military families.


SSAFA reaffirms support for Forces personnel and their families affected by redundancy

In light of today's announcement from the Ministry of Defence that further redundancies will affect personnel from all three services, SSAFA is reaffirming its support to the entire military community.

David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA, has made the following statement on the impact of redundancies on the military community and in particular military families.

“The announcement of further military redundancies, while expected, will inevitably create a lot of uncertainty, both for the military personnel concerned and their immediate families. Redundancy can be a very worrying event at the best of times. However, for service personnel and their families there tend to be additional concerns due to the fact that housing and education can be tied up with the individual’s job. Many individuals will make the transition successfully in the longer term, but for some the situation will be more complex and they will need additional help.

“As the only UK military charity that provides both professional and charitable support to military personnel, SSAFA is uniquely placed to provide advice and, where appropriate, support, in situations such as these. I would urge anyone concerned by today’s announcement to contact Forcesline, SSAFA’s support service for forces and their families, offering 100 percent confidential help outside the chain of command.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure Service personnel and their immediate families that they are eligible for SSAFA’s support both while serving and also once they have made the transition into civilian life.”

SSAFA’s confidential listening service Forcesline is available to those serving, those who have served and their families.For free and confidential advice, call 0800 731 4880 or contact Forcesline by email..

SSAFA also has 7,000 volunteers across the UK who can help with practical, financial and emotional problems. Contact your local team now.