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News Update 01 Jan 2015

On the left navigation pane are news reports on past events and other items of interest involving the Torpoint and District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

 

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Some Facts:

Nationally £200,000 is spent daily delivering Welfare to those in need.

This equates to £1.7m weekly and £88.4m per annum but it is never enough.

165,000 Clients assisted every year.

23,000 people received an immediate Needs Grant in the form of cash, food or other services.

'Be The Boss' helped in excess of 1,000 Service Leavers set up their own businesses.

In excess of 8,000 people received well-earned Holidays (Adults) or Adventure Breaks (Kids).

74 Grieving Families have now been supported by us in the form of our new initiative 'The Independent Inquest Advise Service' that skirts around MOD's information smoke screen and provides the Grieving with the answers that they need.  

£50m has been committed to help the Wounded over the next 10 years.  £20m is for the Recovery centres at Edinburgh, Catterick, Colchester and Tidworth with a further £30m being committed to run the Battleback Centre in the West Midlands.  This gets injured Service Personnel back on their feet through rebuilding of confidence, self-motivation and personal ability through adaptive sports.

£5m has been Committed to Blast Injury Research that is currently taking place at the Imperial College London. This is looking at ways to combat the devastating effect of todays biggest killer of our Armed Forces - IED's.

We have also Campaigned on your behalf to put £40m+ in Compensation into the pockets of those severely injured on Active Service.   

Funerals are expensive necessities and the item most help is requested for.  If unemployed due to illness / injury and the deceased is on benefits, the first Port of Call should be the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions).  If this is not successful then by all means contact the RBL.  We are unable to pay in retrospect of any bill.

We have a dedicated team here in Cornwall called the Benefits & Money Advisors.  These are the same as the Citizen Advice Bureaux only funded by the RBL & RAFBF.  They are amazing at what they do.  On many occasions they are able to assist those in need without actually using RBL Funds just by ensuring that people are on the correct Benefits / Rebates.  They also assist those with debt problems by way of facilitating Voluntary Payment's to Bankruptcy.

Since it started in 2007 the service has put £70 million back into people's pockets - through increases in benefits, writing off debts and gaining grants - with an average financial gain per person of around £2,800.  Check out the Benefits & Money Advisors on the useful links tab

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