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UK Reservists

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department gives to employers in supporting the UK's reservists. (109822)

The Reserve Forces Act 1996 allows payments to Reservists and/or their employers when the former are called out into permanent service. The detailed regulations are set out in a Statutory Instrument (SI 859), which came into force in April 2005. Employers can claim up to £40,000 per year to cover certain additional costs arising from their employee's absence plus, without limit, agency fees, advertising costs and certain re-training expenses.

In addition, the SaBRE (Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers) campaign aims to win and maintain the support of employers for the Volunteer Reserves. This is achieved through a combination of highly targeted direct marketing and the establishment of a network of Employer Support Executives to focus employer support at the regional level.