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.   

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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