MEMBERS of the armed forces are encouraged to use their Defence Privilege Card after data reveals they could be saving hundreds of pounds in shopping.

Research by Bracknell Forest Council's (BFC) equalities services show military personnel, veterans and the defence community could save money if they show their discount card at retailers.

Representatives from the council's equalities team and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, recently tested how much discount was available in shops, including The Lexicon and The Peel Centre.

Councillor Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said: "We have a significant military and veteran community in the borough.

"We are committed to helping them understand what advantages they can get by living here and producing their Defence Privilege Card.

“The research by our equalities team and RMAS shows that Bracknell Forest retailers have a lot to offer our serving and ex-military personnel, as a thank you for their service and hard work."

Discount rates showed to be as big as 25 per cent at major high street retailers, as well as 25 per cent off at Prezzo, 20 per cent off at Clinton Cards, Skechers, Joules, Bill's, EE and House of Handsome.

As well, as this, 15 per cent off at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Vodafone, Moss Bros and 10 per cent off at River Island, Office, Burton and Jack Wills.

Rob Morris, general manager at The Lexicon, said: "We are pleased to see so many retailers and restaurants in The Lexicon supporting the Defence Privilege Card.

"We will be putting a complete list on our website to help everyone easily identify where in The Lexicon the card can be utilised."

The Defence Discount Service is home of the Defence Privilege Card, which can be used in stores, restaurants and venues to obtain armed forces discounts.