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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Forces Help To Buy Scheme extended for a further 3 years

Forces Help to Buy scheme extended for a further three years


A government scheme to help military personnel get on the housing ladder has been extended until the end of 2022, the Defence Secretary has announced.

The Forces Help to Buy scheme has lent over £280 million to over 18,000 armed forces applicants since its introduction in 2014.
The scheme allows military personnel to borrow a deposit of up to half of their annual salary, interest free, to contribute towards buying a home, building an extension on their current one or moving to another property.

FAM poster














For full leaflet, please click HERE

Come and Meet Others - Mondays at Wattisham


Friday, 18 October 2019

Union Jack Club





Domestic Abuse Support for Gurkha Families

Please click here for translated version which is for anyone with a Gurkha link regardless of where they live in the world. 
For those who can't get to Rushmoor to access the service in person, telephone or email support is provided.
Contact: Karen.Evans@communitysafetynh.org​
Tel: 01252 774256


Armed-Forces-Veterans

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-office-for-veterans-affairs-will-ensure-the-uk-leads-the-world-in-care-for-armed-forces-veterans

Employing Female Service Leavers

The Forces in Mind Trust recently commissioned a study into employment of female service leavers.  It makes a number of observations which will be of interest to female service personnel who are in the process of leaving the service and looking for jobs.

https://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/20190424-FiMT-FSL-briefing_v4.pdf

Service Pupil Premium 2020

The latest Service Pupil Premium (SPP) deadline is the Spring school Census 16 January 2020.  Further information for Service Parents in England is on the attached poster.
Service parents with children in reception class to year 11 at state schools, free schools and academies in England are reminded to make schools aware of their Service status. Only children recorded as Service children on a Spring census (run in January each year) since 2015 will qualify. Schools record Service children by ticking the Service pupil flag and will then receive £300.00 per Service child as part of their usual funding allocations from the Department of Education. Children have to be recorded ahead of the 16 January 2020 deadline.​


House of Commons Defence Select Committee report into the 2018 Covenant Report

The MOD is required to produce an annual report about the Armed Forces Covenant to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee (HCDC).  The HCDC report was issued on 25 September.  It recognised that progress had been made in many areas of the Covenant but raised concerns about a range of areas, attracting a number of media stories about accommodation, access to education and the costs of  UK residency for families of non-British service personnel.  The full report is at the link below.  The 2019 report is in the process of being produced.


https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmdfence/1899/189902.htm


Tuesday, 15 October 2019