Friday, 24 February 2017

The Armed Forces Convenant Snapshot- Supporting Education for Children from Service Families in England




The Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly.  
Part of fair treatment is about making sure children of members of the Armed Forces receive the same standard of, and access to education as any other UK citizen in the area in which they live.

New vehicle tax rates from 1 April 2017


The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars and some motor homes that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.

NPower-Defence Discount Service


NPower are offering members a one night hotel stay for two people when they switch through the offer on the Defence Discount Service website -www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Cyberbullying Awareness

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Nationality Checking Services

List of local authorities in England that offer a checking service for UK nationality applications.

  • provided by Local Authorities.
  • will accept and forward your application to the Nationality Directorate.
  • will ensure that your form is correctly completed, and will copy your documents and return them to you.
  • will not give you nationality advice.
  • For more information and to find out where your nearest one is click here.

Tidworth Armed Forces Job Fair - Wednesday 15th March 2017


Combat Stress Magazine - Spring 2017




To read or download the online edition

Help for Heroes - looking for a unique way to do your bit this Fathers' Day?

Help for Heroes - Bake for Heroes Event 15th -30th April 2017

Register now for your free fundraising pack
www.bakeforheroes.org.uk

Welfare Communications Everywhere


Welfare Communications Everywhere, or WelComE, provides all UK service personnel deployed on ‘welfare-entitled’ deployments and exercises with publically funded calls, voicemail and internet access.
For any questions regarding the WelComE service, please contact the WelComE Customer Contact Centre (WCCC) for more information (open from Monday - Friday 06:00 to 22:00 (UK)) by emailing customer.support@mywelcome.co.uk




Pathfinder Magazine February 2017


Apply online for a UK passport

You can apply for, renew, replace or update your passport and pay for it online.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.
It should take 6 weeks to get your first adult passport once your form has been received. For all other application types, it should take 3 weeks.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
You should use a different service if you need your passport urgently.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport - doing so is at your own risk.

Manage your Tax Credits

Use this service to:
  • tell the Tax Credit Office about changes to your circumstances, for example if you’ve moved house
  • find out how much and when you’ll be paid

Claim Child Benefit

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.
You may have to pay a tax charge if your or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000.
You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:

Armed Forces - Foreign & Commonwealth families CLICK HERE to check details of how to claim. Details can be found in the  What benefits can I claim? section.

SLI365- Service Life Insurance


You can protect the future of your family from today until 2042 at a fixed price FOR THE WHOLE TERM. Perfect for safeguarding your mortgage and with a Government guarantee of payment for operational casualties. 

Service Life Insurance 365 was designed and introduced by MOD in 2007 to provide a robust, trustworthy solution for enduring Military Life Cover – when purely commercial operators declined to provide cover for Service Personnel facing the threat from war, weapons of mass destruction or terrorism. 

Exclusively available online, you can either pay your premium by Direct Debit from your bank – ideal if you intend to retain SLI365 as a civilian (through to age 65 if you wish) or through your pay account with Joint Personnel Administration ‘JPA’. 
SLI365 can provide up to £200,000 lump sum benefit in the event of death or terminal illness - covering all peacetime risks such as traffic accidents and illness. Most importantly, because SLI365 is available under a contract with MoD, it guarantees protection for up to 25 years for any unforeseen operational risk. 

A summary of the benefits include: 
* Cover on and off duty, 365 days a year 
* Up to £200,000 lump sum benefit on death or diagnosis of terminal illness – covering all peacetime risks 
* Quick application progress - acceptance a certainty – (18-45 year olds) 
* No medical required 
* Fixed premium 

For every policy taken out we make a donation to tri-service charity, The Not Forgotten Association (nfassociation.org) to support the great work they do in providing help for serving injured and veterans. 

So, have a look at a brochure available now from most local HIVEs or visit www.sli365.com where you can get a quote for your chosen term (anything between 5 and 25 years) and chosen benefit amount. If you would like more information, please visit our website www.sli365.com – or drop an email to sliteam@sli365.com to request a unit briefing from our ex-military manager. 

Coming soon: tips on writing your life insurance policy in trust . . .www.sli365.com 

Civvy Street Magazine - February 2017


February Quest Magazine - Incorporating Courses 4 Forces


Southampton Pocket Guide 2017


Friday, 10 February 2017

E-bluey cessation announcement


e-bluey Cessation Announcement:


The Ministry of Defence has announced that we are ending the e-bluey service on 31 March 2017.

Since the draw down from Afghanistan in 2014, the e-bluey service has become less popular as a way for service personnel to keep in touch. The number of downloads per month has dramatically decreased from 100,000 to less than 3,000 downloads per month.
With the ever-growing use of Wi-Fi and mobile data-based technology for keeping in touch, personnel are finding new ways to speak to their family and loved ones.

We want to make sure that we provide the best possible support to our personnel at the best possible value for money for the UK taxpayer. TheMOD is reinvesting the funds used for the e-bluey service into innovative and modern ways of communicating that will be more relevant to the needs and expectations of a larger number of service personnel.

Letter and parcel services for service personnel and their families will remain unaffected.

The MOD takes the welfare of our armed forces extremely seriously and we remain committed to ensuring that those deployed on operations are able to keep in touch with their families and friends. Loved ones will still be able to send hand-written letters free of charge via a Forces Free Air Letter (FFAL) if they are deployed on an operation.

BFPO provides a range of postal and courier services in support of the UK armed forces and their dependants wherever they are in the world and will continue to do so.
 

Visa Forms & Citizenship Prices



For the current list of visa's and prices CLICK HERE

If you are unsure of which form you require ASK HIVE

Hampshire Top Attractions Discounts


LITTLE TROOPERS AT SCHOOL


Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;

  • Service Pupil Premium
  • Challenges service children may face
  • Moving schools
  • Affects of separation
  • Best practice
Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 however we hope these information sheets will be a great starting point for you, as a parent or as a school setting.

ACCESS HERE: http://www.littletroopers.net/little-troopers-at-school/

Tri-Service Results of the MOD's Future Accommodation Model Survey: 2016

Following the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership, the Ministry of Defence is considering, through the Future Accommodation Model (FAM), how it provides service personnel and their families with accommodation in the future, whether they are single, in a relationship or married. The survey captures the views of service personnel on their priorities and preferences of the possible package options under FAM.



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ABF Ride London-Surrey 100, 30th July 2017

Cycle for The Soldiers’ Charity in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100
 
    
Why take part?
It is a world-class festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies. You will be raising money to help us support soldiers and their families. It is a lifetime experience to remember. Inspired by London’s 2012 Olympic road race, the 100 mile Prudential Ride London – Surrey route takes you past iconic landmarks, up renowned climbs and through closed roads.

When?  Sunday 30th July 2017
Where?  London – Surrey | Event starts at Queen Elizabeth Park, London
Registration fee: £20.00
Fundraising target: £500.00

Want a place?
ABF has a number of charity places in this event. Join our#FundraisingArmy today by applying for one of our Gold Bond places using the via the website HERE  *Application deadline tbc

Join  #FundraisingArmy and receive:
Guaranteed Place
Support from our dedicated team up until and including the event day
Soldiers’ Charity training T-shirts
Fundraising pack and advice to help you reach your sponsorship target 

Dedicated cheering points

For further information or to request a place in the #FundraisingArmy team.CLICK HERE

Nationality Checking Services

List of local authorities in England that offer a checking service for UK nationality applications.
  • provided by Local Authorities.
  • will accept and forward your application to the Nationality Directorate.
  • will ensure that your form is correctly completed, and will copy your documents and return them to you.
  • will not give you nationality advice.
  • For more information and to find out where your nearest one is click here.