Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a government initiative that works to ensure people who serve in the armed forces and their families are treated fairly, particularly when it comes to accessing products and services.

We’ve signed it because we’re proud to support the armed forces community and it’s our way of acknowledging we understand the risks they take and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. We’ve also introduced some practical benefits to help us uphold the key principles.

The key principles of the Covenant

  • The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
  • In some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

How we’re showing our support

  • 50% discount on the price of standard and mirror Wills for current and ex-armed forces personnel and certain family members.
  • 15% off our Power of Attorney services.
  • Supporting the Armed Forces Help to Buy scheme.

Forces Help to Buy Scheme

The Forces Help to Buy scheme is a government scheme that allows Armed Forces personnel to borrow up to 50% of their annual salary from their employer, which is then used as a deposit for a house. Please note that the Forces Help to Buy scheme is independent from the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme.

Property Letting

For mortgage customers who are active members of the Armed Forces, if you are unable to live in your property we may be able to give consent to you letting it out without increasing your interest rate. For full eligibility or to apply please see our Property Letting Requirements form (PDF).

Wills and Power of Attorney

Although all armed forces personnel are offered a free of charge Military Will, these do not take into account complex personal circumstances. The discounted Will offered through Skipton addresses these needs, and is also available for spouses and civil partners of armed forces personnel.

We also offer a discounted Power of Attorney writing service.

The discounts on our legacy products are available to those serving within HM Armed Forces, veterans who used to serve, Reserve Forces personnel, spouses and civil partners of people currently serving in HM Armed Forces and immediate family members of someone who has died as a result of service, including widows and widowers.

You will need to show you are eligible to claim this discount. You can find out how to show us this in the terms and conditions below.

As Army veterans and employees of Skipton Building Society, we are really pleased that Skipton has signed the Covenant. We look forward to The Society developing new and practical ways we can support our nation’s serving armed forces, reservists, veterans and their families.

Bobby Sharp & Robert Cromey-Hawke, Skipton Building Society employees

Next steps

Call us today to learn more about how we can help


Call us to speak to a member of our team about the Forces Help to Buy scheme 0345 607 9825

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To talk to us about our discounted Wills and Power of Attorneys, call us on 0345 266 9375

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