Posts Tagged ‘Armed Forces Covenant’

Event: Sanctions, Support & Service Leavers – social security benefits, welfare conditionality and transitions from military to civilian life

March 27, 2018     Leave a Comment

First wave findings launch

University of Salford | Room 3.10/3.11 | MediaCityUK | Salford M50 2HE
Thursday 19 April 2018  | 17.00 – 20.30

This event presents the first-wave findings of our longitudinal project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). This ground breaking project represents the first substantive research focusing specifically on veterans’ experiences of the social security benefits system in their transition to civilian life.

The event will include a presentation by the University of Salford and University of York research team, followed by a panel response including Dr Alan Barrett, Clinical Lead, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust Military Veterans’ Service; Mark Knight, Armed Forces Lead, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); and a representative of the Covenant Team from the Ministry of Defence.

As part of the project, we have also been working with Graphic Design students in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. Delegates will also therefore have an opportunity to view some of the initial illustrations produced by the students based on anonymised excerpts from some of the interviews.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required for catering purposes. Please click here to register your attendance. If you have any questions about the event or the project please contact Dr Lisa Scullion: l.scullion@salford.ac.uk

Welfare conditionality and Armed Forces Service leavers: addressing a knowledge gap

June 26, 2017     Leave a Comment

Lisa Scullion reports on a groundbreaking research project linked to our own Welfare Conditionality Project

Each year about 17,000 men and women leave the British Armed Forces and enter civilian life. There is a range of support available for Armed Forces Service leavers, including the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) official transition service, which provides advice and guidance, vocational training, and a range of employer brokerage activities.

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Briefing paper: social security benefits, welfare conditionality and Armed Forces Service leavers

June 26, 2017     Leave a Comment

This briefing paper forms the background to a new project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) focusing on the experiences of Service leavers and their families in receipt of mainstream conditional social security benefits. The use of conditional welfare arrangements is now firmly embedded within social security benefit receipt and welfare rights today come with specified responsibilities.

No specific government welfare-to-work programme exists for Armed Forces Service leavers; however, as part of the Armed Forces Covenant specific exemptions and easements are made in relation to Service leavers and their families who are seeking to claim social security benefits. Despite this, little is currently known of how Service leavers experience moving through the mainstream benefit system.

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