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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Housing Matters Winter 2019

Housing Matters Winter 2019

Service Pupil Premium - eligibility check

Service Pupil Premium (SPP)

SPP was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. SPP enables schools to provide extra, mainly pastoral support for children with parents in the regular Armed Forces. SPP is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children. The amount is £300 per child in classes Reception to Year 11.

Who is eligible?

Children of regular Service personnel (PStat Cat 1 and 2 only) who have been recorded as Service children on any January census since 2015 in state schools, free schools and academies in England in years reception to year 11 are eligible for SPP.

Schools can claim SPP for children of regular Service Personnel, for those who have had a Service parent who has died in Service as well as those who have left including through injury for up to a maximum of six years or up to the end of year 11 (whichever comes first).

If a child is not recorded as a Service child whilst the parent is serving, and the Service person has left the Services, schools will not be able to claim SPP.

If a child is home educated, parents agree to take on the financial responsibility and therefore are not eligible for SPP.

Deadline for recording Service children on the next January census is 16 January 2020. Parents are encouraged to inform their child/ren’s school of their Service status ahead of this date to ensure the school can secure SPP funding.

Link to SPP gov.uk pages: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know

Link to SPP DIN for those able to access MODNET: 2019DIN01-120 SPP
Contact: SO2 Policy, DCYP – DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk

Dispersed military families - seeking volunteers to be interviewed

Friday, 6 December 2019

Service Puil Premium - eligibility check

Service Pupil Premium (SPP)

SPP was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. SPP enables schools to provide extra, mainly pastoral support for children with parents in the regular Armed Forces. SPP is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children. The amount is £300 per child in classes Reception to Year 11.

Dispersed military families - seeking volunteers to be interviewed

The Big White Wall - Grief Awareness Week 2nd-8th Dec

Please visit website www.bigwhitewall.com for details.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Keeping your home safe

Please click here for Keeping Your Home Safe Advice
by Suffolk Constabulary

Monday, 2 December 2019

Domestic Abuse support

Domestic Abuse support
Find support through a dedicated app


One of the key tools to help people access the right support is through a new mobile app - Bright Sky, which is designed to be used by anyone looking for more information about domestic abuse, including:
* online safety
* stalking and harassment
* sexual consent.
It's free to download. For more information and to download the app visit: www.hestia.org/brightsky.

Domestic Abuse support organisations: Defence specific support organisations 
Individuals disclosing domestic abuse, witnessing it or suspect incidences of domestic abuse will be supported by their management chain and respective welfare teams. 
There has been significant progress to improve awareness of domestic abuse and ensure our staff are professionally trained to provide support to those in need and to address perpetrator behaviour. 

Army Welfare Service 
AWS Intake and Assessment Team (AWS IAT 0830 - 1630 UK local time) 
Mon-Thu 0830 - 1600 Fridays 
(Mil) 947773053 (Civ) +44 (0) 1904 882053 
Email: AWS-HQ-AWS-IAT(MULTIUSER)@mod.gov.uk 
Out of hours the AWS can be contacted through the Unit Welfare Officer and/or the Staff Duty Officer 

Civil Servants 
Defence Business Services - Employee Wellbeing Service (EWS) MOD Civilian Staff Civilian employees can access the EWS between 0830 and 1630 Monday - Friday by calling the 
EWS helpline on 08003457047 or 93345 7750 
The Charity for Civil Servants: 0800 056 2424 

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate 
We have signed up to the Everyone's Business programme and this membership provides you with free access to their Advocacy Service which provides expert, confidential practical advice and emotional support. 
Contact: 07974 370 184 for support and advice 
or Email: everyone's.business@hestia.org

Naval Service Family and People Support
NS FPS Free phone 0800 145 6088 (Mil) 9380 28777 (Civ) +44 (0)23 92728777 
Email: navynps-peoplesptnsfpsptl@mod.gov.uk 
Web: www.royalnavy.mod.uk/community-and-support (www) 

Royal Air Force 
Welfare Service Details of RAF Welfare Services are provided locally via the Personnel Management Squadron RAF personnel and their families stationed in the UK and overseas are able to contact the SSAFA out of hours telephone service in the UK +44 (0) 207 463 9358 for advice and support SSAFA: 0800 7314880 
www.ssafa.org.uk/ (www)

JSHAO Housing Briefs calendar for 2020

Please click here for Housing Briefs Calendar for 2020

Housing Brief at Wattisham Flying Station will be on Tuesday 18th February.

Open to Service Personnel and spouses.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

CEAS Leaflet


For more information please click HERE
For Pupil Passport please click HERE

More about Childrens Education Advisory Service

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Friday, 8 November 2019

Cold Weather Payment scheme

This year's Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020.
There is no need for an application, Cold Weather payments will be issued automatically to eligible claimants. For Universal Credit customers a message about the payment will be placed into the journal at the same time. Claimants can read about the payments here on gov.uk, and they can check if a payment is due in their area   if there is a cold snap.
[in case the links  don't work, they are: https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment   and: https://coldweatherpayments.dwp.gov.uk

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

MoD: Disability, mental health and wellbeing: civilian workforce report 2019

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has published its first annual workforce report on disability, mental health and wellbeing​. The voluntary report sets out work the department is doing to support staff and promote good practice around disability, mental health and wellbeing.
It highlights the support that the MOD has in place for all employees, including for those with disabilities, support for people with mental health issues, and the wider initiatives in place for all staff to promote their wellbeing.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Keep your home SAFE

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
Use outside lighting
Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed               or garage
Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges

Thursday, 31 October 2019

School Admissions Process

School Admissions
With over 76,000 children from Armed Forces families attending schools in England, additional help is at hand to support these families to navigate the school admissions process. A  video, funded by Forces Connect South East and produced by Hampshire County Council, is now live, offering more detail on the steps Forces parents need to take to secure a school place for their child, with key dates for applications. A link to the video is here 

Defence Holistic Transition Policy

Defence Holistic Transition Policy.  

The MOD published a new policy (JSP 100) and launched a new organisation ‘Defence Transition Services’ simultaneously on 28 October 2019, to provide an additional layer of support for Service Personnel in their through-Service preparations for, and during, their transition into civilian life at the end of their Service, however long or short that may be.

RBL Housing Guides

The RBL have produced some really useful housing guides for local authorities, who some service personnel will turn to when trying to secure housing after leaving the service.  Although aimed at ‘front line’ housing staff, the guides are also useful for service personnel who are coming up to leaving the service and need housing. The guides are at  this link.​

Monday, 28 October 2019

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

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



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.


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.


Friday, 11 October 2019

New UCAS guidance is available for potential students from a UK Armed Forces background.

Following collaboration between the MOD, UCAS and  the Service Children's Progression (SCiP) Alliance, UCAS has released a new information and advice page for students from a UK Armed Forces background and it is now live on ucas.com at: www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/individual-needs/students-uk-armed-forces-background.  The information pages cover advice for Service children, veterans and spouses/partners of UK Armed Forces personnel.​

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Classes and Activities in Bildeston

Classes and Activities in Bildeston brochure available at HIVE

Friday, 4 October 2019

What HIVE can do for you - new poster

ARMY - Discover My Benefits

Army Parents' Network

Forces Families Jobs - updated

Developed by the Families Federations, the Forces Families Jobs site provides access to employment or training opportunities for families in the UK’s Armed Forces and it was launched on the 17th Sept. 

The platform allows families to search and apply for jobs solely from employers that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This will give the families some reassurance that the employer will have an understanding of Service life. The site will also offer free, or discounted training for Service families. With over 200 employers already signed up for FFJ, this project that will aid spousal employment. 
Spouses, partners and adult children (aged 18 – 25) of currently serving and reserve personnel, as well as those who have left the forces within the last 12 months are able to use FFJ. Bereaved spouses, partners and adult children of service personnel (for up to two years post service) can also use the platform. They can search directly for live jobs or upload their CV and register for regular updates. Employers can also match CVs to the roles they're looking for, both in the UK (including Northern Ireland) and overseas.  

Friday, 27 September 2019

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Monday, 16 September 2019

Public Health England jobs in local area

Two new vacancy to join the civil service:

Compliance Administration Officer, Ipswich
For details and application please click HERE

Compliance Administration Officer, Bury St. Edmunds
For details and application please click HERE

Building Heroes - free building maintenance course for Service Leavers

FREE intensive 5-Week Building Maintenance Course for all Military Serving Personnel and Veterans!

Are you a veteran or Service Leaver looking for a career in the Building Trades? Why not re-train in construction?

Building Heroes offer a free intensive 5 week training course in Property Maintenance.
For further information and to apply, please see: http://www.buildingheroes.org.uk/course

Friday, 6 September 2019

New guidance on unaccompanied flights for minors

Overseas Accompanied Posts and School children’s visits- Unaccompanied Minors Flights

Different airlines have different policies regarding unaccompanied minors’ flights. To understand an airline’s specific unaccompanied minors’ policy, have a look on their website. Some airlines provide unaccompanied minors flights services, some airlines will only allow children from the age of 12 to 14 (if they have a letter of consent from their parents) and some airlines will only allow children over the age of 16 to fly unaccompanied. Some airlines will require you to call the airline directly to book for a person under the age of 16, rather than order tickets online.

Click HERE for the full article.

MOD 2020 Education support fund (ESF)

For full poster please click HERE

The MOD 2020 Education Support Fund (ESF)

In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer-term provision for Service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence in July 2018 announced the extension of the ESF for an additional two years - £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20. 

Friday, 9 August 2019

Results of AFF's 'Listening to our Service Children' survey


AFF surveyed Army personnel and their families to ask about their views on the impact of Service life on Army children. The survey focused primarily on the experiences of parents and their perceptions of their children’s experiences. The results of the survey will contribute to the Service Children's Progression Alliance’s wider programme investigating how to make sure that Service children’s voices are heard and that listening leads to action that helps them succeed. There were 752 eligible responses to thesurvey1.

Please click for the document

For more information please visit the website https://aff.org.uk/news/results-of-listening-to-our-service-children-survey-are-out/

Army: What we do - infographics

The Army in Numbers

The Army on One Page

Army Newsletter 'In Front' issue 3

For British Army newsletter, please follow the link

Plane Saver workbook for children

For printable version please click HERE

FamCAS 2019 survey results

FamCAS 2019: Forces families have their say

FamCAS seeks the views of Armed Forces families so that Defence can review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.

FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including:
• The Armed Forces Covenant • The Armed Forces People Programme • Community Support policies • Welfare policies

This year over 6,500 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, a response rate of 25% (from the sample of 26,571 invited to take part).

Further information about the findings from this year's FamCAS can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tri-service-families-continuous-attitude-survey-index

Key points include:
* Of those living in Service Accommodation, Service families are generally satisfied with the overall standard (57%) and value for money of Service Accommodation. There has been an increase in satisfaction with the quality and response to requests maintenance/repairs since 2018.
* Employment among Service spouses remains comparable with the UK employment rate. Those who experienced difficulty finding suitable employment report having a spouse who was often away and having a partner unable to assist with care responsibilities are the most commonly cited reasons for difficulty.
* Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school aged children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours.
* Though the number of Service families reporting that they do not feel valued is fewer than in 2017, only 15% of Service Spouses report feeling valued. Service spouses continue to feel that Service family life has a negative effect on their career, the amount of separation from their spouse and on their children.

Click here for defence Internal Brief

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

CDOP newsletter - DRAWNING

click here for full article

Consultation on Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

New rights for victims of crime

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation that aims to strengthen the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) – a statutory document which sets out the minimum level of service victims can expect from criminal justice agencies, including the police and courts.
Under the code, all victims of crime – whether they choose to report it or not – are entitled to a range of support and information to help them cope and as far as possible recover from its effects. However, victims and groups representing them felt that the code’s complexity and inconsistencies in the way it is applied across the country mean that some victims are missing out on the support they are entitled to.
For example, in recent years only 15% of victims said they were given the opportunity by police to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS), despite it being one of the Code’s key entitlements. In addition, 69% of victims choose not to report their allegations, and so may not be aware of their rights under the Victims’ Code.
Ministers are therefore seeking views from victims, charities, criminal justice agencies and anyone with an interest in the issue on how best to raise awareness, as well as making the Code clear and accessible so that it better meets victims’ needs.

The consultation runs until 11th September.

For more information see:

MoJ Consultation - private law children cases

Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a public call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases concerning domestic abuse and other serious offences.

The panel is particularly keen to receive evidence of any harm caused to children and/or parents during or following private law children proceedings, where there are allegations and/or evidence of domestic abuse or of other crimes creating a risk of harm to children or parents.

The aim is to better protect vulnerable parties in their journey through the courts and build a more detailed understanding of any harm caused during or following proceedings in these cases.

The consultation closes on 26 August 2019.

For more information please see:


Thursday, 25 July 2019

Armed Forces Covenant - What's in it for you?

Transition IPPD Newsletter issue 17

Transition Individual Planning and Personal Development (IPPD) Newsletter
Issue 17 Published June 19

For full newsletter please click HERE

E-resource: Adjusting to life outside the Armed Forces

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership launches innovative e-learning programme aimed at those leaving or who have left the Armed Forces (Service Leavers and Veterans)
For full article, please click HERE

AFC video

A video has been released 'Did you know how the Armed Forces Covenant supports you?'

Service Personnel and commercial disadvantage - please take the survey

The Armed Forces Covenant recognises that Service Personnel, Veterans and their families can have more difficulty accessing commercial products and services than other citizens, we call this commercial disadvantage.
The Armed Forces Covenant team is working closely with organisations that provide commercial products and services to identify and remove this disadvantage.
Please complete this SURVEY to help us to understand better the experiences of the armed forces community.

Army Engagement Group

For full article please click HERE

Financial resilience - a reminder of sources of support

Financial resilience: there are various support measures that are currently in place for Service Personnel. 
Summarised as follows: 
Money Force provides education and help to Service Personnel struggling with financial debt.

Credit Unions:
* Access to ‘payroll deduction’ system, enabling personnel to save with, and pay off loans from, specific credit unions. Payments are direct from salary or pension at source.
* Details in MOD internal document 2016DIN08-005 (Plane Saver Credit Union, London Mutual Credit Union, Police Credit Union).

* Pay Day loans.
* London Mutual (not for profit) offer a maximum of 3 months and up to £400 at an APR of 42.6% (=£24.35 in interest)

* PlaneSaver offer Pay Day loans of £1000 over 12 months at an APR of 26.8%.
* Compare to other lenders such as Quick Quid, who offer an APR of 1,294%.
* The Credit Union also offers longer term loans at a lower APR for larger amounts - i.e £15k at 5.9% APR – repayment direct from salary. 
SIIAP is an organisation which regulates Independent Financial Advisors, specialising in providing services to members of HM Forces – all of which are FCA approved.

Please contact your local HIVE if you require further information

Service Family Hot Topics Newsletter - May 2019 (although only just published!)

For the newsletter please follow the link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IoqAR7wRcFbjYLT2DSHvgh8a_0_JlC0X


A Basing and Infrastructure VLOG has been filmed and has now been finalised and is available on the Army YouTube page:
This VLOG is only aimed at the Service personnel and families moving this summer 

Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday, 5 July 2019

Forces Network - Draw Down of British Forces Germany

Commander of British Forces Germany Hosts final Reception in Bielefeld
The last Commander of British Forces Germany has hosted his final official reception in Bielefeld. The city has been a key centre for the British Army's senior headquarters since 1946.
Brigadier Richard Clements' guests at the private function included senior German officials.
The Band of the Prince of Wales' Division performed at Bielefeld's Sparrenburg Castle.

The performance is unlikely to be repeated, as British forces prepare to leave the city.
For more than 70 years, the British Army has had a presence in the city. In the past, five barracks were in Bielefeld.

Troops will continue to travel from Britain to train in nearby Sennelager.

The future British presence will include a Royal Engineer Squadron, which will be part of a joint German-British amphibious bridging unit.

Information provided by Forces.Net

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

The Limeburners, Offton 10% discount

Military Discount - 10% off your order

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Army Football Association Referee courses

Army Football Association are offering Referee courses for the coming season 2019/2020.

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.
As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.
If this is of some interest to you, please see the poster attached for further details

Sky signs Armed Forces Covenant

Sky has signed the Armed Forces Covenant continuing the commitment to treat fairly those who serve, or have served in the military, and their families.

Monday, 10 June 2019

20% off Handmade Burger Co.

Save a massive 20% on your food bill at Handmade Burger Co.
Visit www.defencediscountservice.co.uk for details