financial top tips for service personnel
Service personnel and their families can find it difficult to access commercial products and services because of the time spent outside of the UK.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has been working with the financial sector to improve the ability of armed forces personnel to access financial products.
Credit reference agencies hold factual data, provided to them by a wide range of companies, including banks, credit card providers and mobile phone providers. As long as you keep your address information up to date. Your credit history shouldn’t be affected simply because youʼve been posted overseas.
If incorrect information is showing in your credit report you can contact the credit reference agencies to dispute it. Or if you think the information misrepresents your personal circumstances you can ask to have a ʻnotice of correctionʼ added to your record, allowing you to explain the situation.
mortgages and loans
Lenders take several factors into account when deciding whether to grant a mortgage or loan. This includes a check against future credit affordability to make sure you will still be able to afford the repayments if interest rates rise in the future.
The Forces Help to Buy scheme can help you get on the property ladder. It enables service men and women to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home, move to another property on assignment or as their needs or circumstances change.
british forces post office (bpfo) addresses
You must always give your address in the correct BFPO address format and postcode and keep lenders informed every time you move. MOD and industry bodies are working hard to make sure lendersʼ IT systems recognise BFPO addresses.
Whilst there are specific considerations to take into account with regards to insurance for the armed forces. Following these basic principles will help to keep your insurance costs as low as possible;
shop around, secure your home, pay a higher voluntary excess, pay your premium up front, build up a no claims discount and donʼt pay for unnecessary extras.
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