Tuesday, 29 November 2016

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Service Families Benefit from CMI Membership

The Chartered Management Institute has pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining the leadership qualifications to help them further their career.

Ensuring that Service spouses and partners are not disadvantaged in finding and staying in employment due to service life is a key part of the Armed Force Covenant, which states that: The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has sought to uphold this promise by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. In their pledges, the CMI support Service spouses and civil partners through their MOD Family Membership Scheme, which provides access to Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching qualifications, helping Service spouses to gain the key skills and professional recognition which can help Service family members to find employment. The Scheme is also available free to children of Service personnel (aged 16-18) and allows them to become a Campus CMI Affiliate with access to all the benefits of online resources, including study support.

CMI’s pledge offers a discount on their qualifications and membership for family members of Service personnel who are CMI members, and a commitment to support Service spouses or Reservists who they employ with flexible working arrangements, where possible. Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a CMI companion and participated in the signing of the Covenant at an event on 14 November. He said:
“The families of our Service personnel are an important part of the Covenant. We value and are grateful to them – the unsung heroes who support our Armed Forces. Knowing that the nation, and organisations like the Chartered Management Institute recognises this is extremely important and fundamental in making the Armed Forces Covenant work.”

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute said:
“We’re proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and helping families of the heroic men and women who serve our country get the support they need to develop their careers. Thousands of members of the Armed Forces who’ve gained CMI-accredited qualifications have benefited from improved performance in their roles, as well as from building confidence and gaining qualifications to help them resettle into civilian life at the end of their military career. Now, their families also have the chance to develop their own skills and qualifications.”

Full details on what membership can offer military families can be found on the CMI website athttp://www.managers.org.uk/mod-membership.

Friday, 25 November 2016

SERVICE PUPIL PREMIUM 2017




This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England. If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.


The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral, support during challenging times, which could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools; with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.


Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 19 January 2017 and children must be registered with the school before this date. You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.


For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:
https://www.gov.uk/service-premium-information-for-schools

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-allocations/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-conditions-of-grant


For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: DCYP-CEAS-enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Future Accommodation Model

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Services insurance and investment advisory pane (Siiap)


Veterans' World News

The new issue of Veterans World is now online, you can view the magazine as a standard PDF on GOV.UK or via ISSUU, a digital publishing platform that’s free to access. We hope that this option will give you a more enjoyable and accessible way to read the magazine.
Veterans World raises awareness of help, advice and support available to veterans and their families via organisations, government, the voluntary and charitable sectors, and is aimed at people who work in an advisory capacity with the public. Its distribution includes HM Prisons, NHS Primary Trusts, Local Authorities, Resettlement Officers, Mental Health care workers, Citizen Advice Bureaux and those who work with veterans organisations.
At Veterans UK we want to make sure that as many Serving Personnel, Veterans and their families are aware of the many kinds of support and advice available to them, when they need it, and that it is up to date. With that in mind please pass this email on to anyone else in your organisation or who you work with that advises or who may advise veterans and their families.
If you previously received a paper copy, and we had your e-mail address on record, you will be sent a link to each new issue. If you would like to receive a link, please send an e-mail to Veterans-UK-veteransworld@mod.uk telling us if you are a Veteran or an Advisor and any organisation you are linked with, and we will add you to our distribution list.
We are now accepting article submissions for issue 41, which will be published in November 2016. Contributions are most welcome. If you have an article or press release that is suitable for Veterans World, to raise awareness of an initiative, scheme or organisation that offers help, advice or support to veterans, contact the Editorial Team with details:
Email: veterans-uk-veteransworld@mod.uk
Please note these contacts are for Veterans World related enquiries only. Please direct any other questions to -
Veterans UK helpline
Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence
Norcross
Thornton-Cleveleys
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Saying Goodbye (part of the Mariposa Trust)

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Scotty's Little Soldiers - A Charity for Bereaved UK Forces Children

Nikki Scott lost her  Husband and father of two, Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009.

Having witnessed first hand the devastation losing a serving parent can have on a child she has founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity to provide support for bereaved British Forces children.

























Hungry Horse is now a member of Defence Discount Service


Thursday, 21 July 2016

DEPENDANT PASSES FOR BEACHLEY BARRACKS

The issue of dependant passes for Beachley Barracks has been a perennial problem and I would like to apologise for the inconvenience it has caused.

From next week new dependant passes will also be issued from the Welfare Office.  This is to allow access to the NAAFI shop and gym during their respective opening timings.  Passes can be issued to all spouses and children over 16 years old, of service persons living on the Beachley estate – regardless of cap badge, unit or service.

Children under 16 years old must be escorted on Camp and therefore cannot be issued a pass.  Passes will not be issued to temporary guests or family members who do not live in Beachley.  The passes will be valid for a maximum of 2 years, or until the end of your posting – whichever is the earliest.

The application and printing will be completed at the Welfare Office.  We will require the following information:

·         Service person’s number
·         Proof of identification of the applicant: passport/driving licence
·         Proof of address
·         One passport photograph

The old dependant passes will still remain valid.  Car passes will still be issued by the Provost Staff from the Guard Room.


Unit Welfare Officer

Monday, 11 July 2016

Military Discount at Oasis Dental Care Gloucester


Mental Health Flyer



CarillionAmey - 10 Facts on the Walk Away Scheme

Introducing a weekly kerbside recycling service

The district council is introducing a weekly kerbside recycling service from 1 August and will be expanding the materials it collects to include plastic bottles (along with cardboard, textiles and small electrical items), it will be reconfiguring their recycling bank sites across the district. 

As part of this process, they will be removing one of the plastic bottle banks currently located at the Pavilion Road site as once the service comes in they anticipate that the banks will be a lot less used as resident opt to recycle more from the kerbside.

It is the intention therefore to remove one plastic bottle bank during the last week of July from the site.  One plastic bottle bank will be remaining (along with the other banks).

Thursday, 30 June 2016

MOD VETERANS SUPPORT

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week, Defence Business Services has produced a short 30 second film to highlight MOD’s veterans support.

See the film on facebook at  www.facebook.com/modveteransuk or

search facebook for ‘MOD veterans uk’ where the film is pinned to the top.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Travel in London for Service personnel

Transport for London (TfL) has provided Service personnel with free travel on the TfL network. This offer applies to Regular and Reserve personnel travelling in issued uniform and in possession of a MOD Form 90 ID card.

 

It is valid for travel on:

• All TfL buses
• All TfL trams
• London Underground
• Docklands Light Railway
• London Overground
• TfL Rail (currently Liverpool St - Shenfield)
This free travel offer does not apply on the Thames Clipper River Bus or Emirates Air Line services.  
Free travel is not available on any rail service run by other train operating companies within the National Rail pay as you go area (London travelcard boundary (zones 1-9)), only those run by TfL Rail and London Overground. SP wishing to use other rail services in the London area must buy a ticket before travelling or use pay as you go. Go to Transport for London's website to find out which services run where.

Terms and conditions

TfL and MOD have agreed the Terms and Conditions of this offer and it cannot be renegotiated by SP at TfL premises. SP must be travelling in issued uniform (with head dress) and in possession of a MOD Form 90 ID card. SP who are given direction by their Chain of Command to travel in civilian attire will not be able to make use of this offer.

Standards

TfL’s offer is established on their high opinion of the Armed Forces. Those personnel that make use of TfL’s services are to uphold the high standards of discipline, dress and behaviour which are expected of them. Further guidance on the appropriate use of this offer will be provided by the single Services.

Effect on allowance entitlements

This concession has no impact on the existing travel allowance entitlements detailed in JSP 752 (such as Home to Duty Travel). If only claiming existing allowances, there is no requirement to wear uniform when commuting to and from place of work.

Other TfL concessions

Details on discounted travel with a HM Forces Railcard and free travel with a Veterans Oyster Card can be found online.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Moving in soon? CarillionAmey - we’re here to help

Are you moving in to your first Service Family Accommodation or are you a seasoned pro but need a little bit of a reminder of what to do?  CarillionAmey people are here to assist you. We have a variety of information that’s designed to help you to prepare for your Move in and help you to get the best out of it.
The CarillionAmey people that are key are our advisors at the Helpdesk who work in the Occupancy Services team, your Accommodation Officer who will be with you during the Move in appointment and our Local Customer Service advisors who are available to speak to you in person. 
·         Our website section on Moving in is intended to help you at www.carillionamey.co.uk
·         Our YouTube video available on the website steps you through Move in
·         Our Local Customer Service Centre advisors are available to help you in person [see website for contact details]
·         Our Occupancy Services team at the Helpdesk are available for you to speak to by phone [call 0800 707 6000 option 3]   
As part of our ongoing improvement plans, we are currently running a programme aimed at ensuring that our Move in preparation is consistently good throughout the country.  We are looking to make sure that all Move in activity provides the right level of cleaning and we are doing this by standardising all cleaning equipment and cleaning materials and making sure that we have effective supervision and that the same processes are being used by all of our suppliers across the country. 

You can keep up to speed with information on Moving in and Moving out of your Service Family home on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We are currently running a campaign aimed at helping provide Service families with the information needed to ease the burden at what, we know, can be a stressful time in their lives.   

ToddlerCalm

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Window restrictors in Service Family Accommodation

Important - Window Safety Check Required

As we approach the warmer months of the year, it is really important to check that the window restrictors in the upstairs of your property are working correctly, especially if you have children.
You can do this by:
·         Engaging the window restrictor (putting the lock/latch on) and trying to fully open the window. The restrictor should only allow the window to be opened a small way
·         Look at your window restrictor. It should have the BS kite safety mark stamped on it (shown below)


If you are concerned that your window restrictor is not working correctly please call us on 0800 707 6000 option 1.


If you are moving into your property, your Accommodation Officer will check the window restrictors for you and show you how they work.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Do you know your Housing Options?

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Armed Forces Covenant Website

 In January 2016 the Armed Forces Covenant was re-launched under a new, unified brand.

The new website lays out the support that is available to beneficiaries of the Covenant – current Regular and Reserve Service Personnel, Service families, former Service Personnel – with links to further information on individual Covenant measures on GOV.uk

The new website also contains information for supporters of the Covenant, including businesses, charities, the general public and local authorities, and regular news stories about how the Covenant is helping real people

See the website at this link

Title Changes to Enhanced Learning Credit Schemes

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes
The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Educaion scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.
See more at this link

Trinity Insurance Discount

RBL - Count Them In

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Count Them In
The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland, have launched a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans, who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.
As you will be aware, unlike in the United States, the UK Government only really maintains records on Regulars and injured and pensionable veterans, whilst Reservists, ‘healthy’ working age veterans, and family members are generally missing from existing data collection methods. Sadly, even the data that we do have is rather patchy, providing no real indication as to the wellbeing and needs of this unique community. In contrast, we know a great deal about the UK’s Jedi community, as well as the numbers and location of our sheep and cattle.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Winston's Wish - Supporting Bereaved Children of Military Families





Click on either image to enlarge it, and click HEREfor more information on Winston's Wish.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Helping to make a difference to Service Family Homes

Improving homes is a great job because it helps to make lives better. Our project teams at CarillionAmey are responsible for running improvement projects as and when DIO give us the green light to start a project and when MOD funding is made available. The projects run throughout the Government’s financial year which runs from 31st March to 1st April.
Project work is very satisfying, the teams really enjoy what they do because it involves making Service homes better, modernising them and helping to make them more energy efficient. Project work means our teams often spend a lot of time with the families and unit personnel which helps them to understand what Service families’ lives are like and why what they do is so important. 
A recent project which serves as a good example took place at Bovington Camp in Dorset and was completed in April. Fifty houses have been transformed from tired and outdated homes into smart and modern places to live with new external wall insulation, replacement windows and doors and new boilers.
Marcus Howlett, CarillionAmey’s Regional Contracts Manager in the South West, invited the Command, along with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and welfare personnel to view the newly refurbished houses all of whom were very pleased with the improvements that have been made.
Marcus said “We take great pride in helping to provide Service families with better and brighter places to live. It’s great knowing we are making a difference.”
Lt Col Andy Alford added “Please pass on my thanks for all the hard work to both CarillionAmey and DIO for transforming the estate”

We understand that it’s not easy for families having project work done when they are living in their property, but the end results tend to outweigh the short term pain. This past financial year has seen a number of major projects take place throughout the country, here are the facts and figures:


2017 MOD Education Support Fund


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Public Accounts Committee Inquiry on Service Family Accommodation

The Public Accounts Committee holds a session on service family accommodation on Wednesday 8 June 2016.  


·          Scope of the inquiry
·          The Public Accounts Committee session will focus on three areas: the state of Service Family Accommodation, the introduction of the new Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) and the introduction of the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) and how the Department is managing CarillionAmey's performance against them.
·          The session will include a background of the provision of Service Family Accommodation for the military (including key recent developments), the amount invested by the Government in Service Family Accommodation, the current state of Service Family Accommodation and the proportion of the homes in which people are living which meet the Decent Homes Standard. The Public Accounts Committee will also be looking at the proportion of Service Families satisfied with their accommodation.
·          As part of the inquiry, the Committee will look at Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) banding and any impacts relating to the changes in rent and the performance of the provider in relation to the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC).
·          If you wish to submit evidence to this inquiry, please do so through the page linked below. The deadline for written submissions is midday on Tuesday 31 May 2016