Rights and responsibilities for reservists and employers
4. Financial support for reservists
If you’re called up for service you can claim financial support to cover:
- the difference between your civilian pay and your service pay
- the cost of any benefits in kind your employer stops
The total amount you can claim is £400 a day.
If you’re serving as a medical consultant with the defence medical services, you can claim up to £822 a day.
You can claim for benefits normally provided by your employer, including:
- health insurance or medical care
- life insurance
- education fees for dependent children
If you have to return a company car that’s used by your partner (eg husband or wife), children or dependent relatives, you can claim £10.70 a day (around £325 a month).
While you’re mobilised you can either:
- ask for the days you’re mobilised to count towards the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
- keep contributing to your personal or work pension (the Ministry of Defence will pay your employer’s contributions)
If you’re self-employed
If you’re self-employed, a partner or a company director, you can claim for:
- the difference between your service pay and earnings from your business
- up to £2,000 business costs from stopping trading
- agency fees and advertising for finding and training your replacement
Expenses you can’t claim
You can’t claim for expenses that you were already paying before you were mobilised. For example, you can’t claim for:
- care of a dependent child or relative
- care of a pet
- house insurance
- maintenance on your home
How to claim
Employees get instructions about how to claim in the mobilisation pack.
If you’re self-employed, a partner or a company director, use the claim form for employers.
When to claim
You can claim any time after your service begins and up to 4 weeks after it ends.
Appeal a rejected claim
You can appeal if your claim is turned down.