A British Army regiment is resorting to giving free Tesco food vouchers to its serving soldiers due to the cost-of-living crisis.
In a post on social media, The Rifles Regiment is highlighting where its soldiers and officers can seek extra support and free food stamps if they are already facing difficulties paying for fuel and other household bills.
The following was posted on The Rifles social media channels:
“We know that our Riflemen are not immune to the cost-of-living crisis sweeping the county. In order to help them, we are offering Tesco vouchers to those within our regiment who are most at need; hoping to free up funds for other essentials. Details and applications are on SWIFT.”
The British Army advertises the following rates of pay for its soldiers:
Current rates of pay for soldiers just starting out in these ranks are:
- Recruits (in initial training); £15,985 a year
- Private: £20,400 a year
- Lance Corporal: £27,326 a year
- Corporal: £31,869 a year
- Sergeant: £35,853 a year
The Ministry of Defence has been contacted and we are awaiting a response.
An MOD spokesperson said:
“We recognise that service personnel, much like the rest of the population, may be affected by the current cost of living.
“Military charities and associations offer service personnel and veterans support and advice on a range of welfare, health and finance which compliments the services we offer our people.
“We regularly review pay through the independent Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body. This year’s pay update will be announced in due course.”
Jak Brew Co. Comment
“It’s disgusting we are seeing our serving personnel unable to afford the most basic of human needs, such as food and keeping warm. It’s great to see the Chain of Command is stepping in where necessary. However, it’s this government’s duty to ensure our serving men and women are adequately compensated for the vital work in which they are asked to do.” – Julian Perreira, founder of Jak Brew Co.