UK Overview

Sector Insight: UK Armed Forces Charities


Armed forces personnel, their dependents and their service to this country have seldom been the subject of such high levels of political, public and media interest. In this report, DSC address some of the myths and misconceptions.

This comprehensive insight into armed forces charities in the UK includes: an overview of their objects and activities; in-depth analysis of their finances; a detailed look at their service provision and grant making; geographical comparison of specialist support needs and provision; examination of the current health and future challenges for the sector.

Download the report and the supporting materials via the links below. 


Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive DSC:

Armed forces personnel, their dependants and their service to this country have seldom been the subject of such high levels of political, public and media interest. However, there is much misunderstanding about the nature of armed forces charities: their work, their beneficiaries, their funding and their impact. There is an element of myth-busting which needs to be done – which this report specifically addresses.


Sir Andrew Ridgway, Former Chair of Cobseo – The Confederation of Service Charities:

Together, DSC’s work, originally inspired by and conducted in partnership with Cobseo, will inform the debate on such topics as how many charities is enough, how well they cooperate and collaborate, what the benchmark is for an effective charity, and, crucially, what else needs to be done to ensure that the best possible level of support is provided to the beneficiaries. Answering these questions is rightly the responsibility of the policy makers and service deliverers themselves.

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UK Overview in Numbers

1,691 

UK armed forces charities 

£870 million

Total annual income

£716million 

Total annual expenditure