Thursday, 15 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Monday, 5 December 2016

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2017

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Defence Discount Service - National Express Discount



To take advantage of discounts on travel with National Express,
please log in to the Defence Discount Service

Friday, 11 November 2016

Accommodation for Veterans in Scotland

For those residing in or who may be returning to Scotland Post-Service

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Have you used the Forces Help to Buy Scheme?

Have you used the Forces Help to Buy scheme?  

Would you be willing to talk on camera about your experience and the benefits of the scheme?  

Warwickshire County Council are producing an e-learning package aimed at a raising awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant, including the FHTB scheme.

If you would like to take part or want to find out more, please get it touch with the HIVE on 01455 222363.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tesco delivers to British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses

If you’ve got family serving in the armed forces overseas, you’ll want an easy and reliable way to send them gifts. With effect from 17th October, Tesco direct is partnering with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you do just that.
When you order gifts from Tesco direct, you can arrange for them to be sent to a BFPO address overseas for exactly the same cost as for a standard home delivery within the UK.
We’ll deliver your items to BFPO HQ. From there, they’ll be sent to the chosen BFPO address overseas for no extra cost.
To find out how to place, track and manage your BFPO orders, visit the Tesco direct BFPO page.
So, remember to make Tesco direct your first port of call when you’re looking for gifts to send your loved ones overseas this Christmas and Armistice Day.
Click HERE for more information

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Armed Forces Covenant - Employment and Pensions Support

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To learn more about employment and pension support visit: www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk
and follow the link to 'Support & Advice'

Friday, 14 October 2016

Armed Forces TV Licensing

In Ministry of Defence (MOD) accommodation, on or off base, anyone who watches or records television programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any device, must be covered by a TV Licence. This includes computers, laptops, TVs, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.
Armed forces personnel are not usually covered by their home TV Licence while living on base. In service accommodation, they’re only covered by their home licence if they watch TV using a device that’s powered solely by its own internal batteries, and it is not plugged into the mains or an aerial.


The MOD fully supports us in administering TV Licensing legislation.
It costs £145.50 for colour & £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

MONEYFORCE NEEDS YOU!


ARE YOU A MONEYFORCE FAN THAT LIKES TO HELP OTHERS GET MONEYFIT?



Would you like to play a part in shaping the future direction of MoneyForce?
Think you can help us with the design of new digital tools and apps?
Or even if you’re not a fan, but think you know what’s missing from MoneyForce, we want to hear from you!
We’re aiming to set up a small group of 6-8 MoneyForce ‘Super users’ to meet up twice a year to discuss MoneyForce and for you to feed back to us the views of your friends and colleagues. 
Click HERE for more information

Notice - Swipe Card Access to the Gymnasium

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended to 2018

The Secretary of State for Defence today announced the excellent news that the very popular Forces Help To Buy scheme will be extended into 2018. As you will be aware, the scheme which was launched in 2014, allows serving military personnel to borrow up to half their salary up to a cap of £25,000, interest free over ten years so they can buy their first home, extend a current one or move up the property ladder.



The news is featured on the Armed Forces Covenant website https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/housing-development/ and includes comments from L/Cpl Baffour Asante whose family has benefitted from the scheme.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HM Forces Bovis Homes offer

 At Bovis Homes we understand the unique time pressures that those serving in the armed forces face.

The Armed Forces All Inclusive Discount Scheme has been designed not only to minimise the potential financial outlay of buying a new home, but some of the hassle and hidden costs that go along with it. 
This exclusive package includes: 

• A price discount of £500 for every £25,000 you spend on a Bovis Home. This equates to 2% of the list price. 

• All curtains, carpets and flooring included. This means you won’t need to worry about measuring up, just bring your furniture! 

• Bovis Homes will also contribute £500 towards your legal costs (when you use one of our referred independent solicitors). 

• As well as all of this, with the Bovis Homes specification you get built-in kitchen appliances (from Hotpoint and Indesit) included in the price as standard. So that’s the hob, oven, fridge freezer, washing machine* and dishwasher* sorted too.

Click HEREto view and/or download the leaflet

Big White Wall

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Armed Forces Covenant – Book Initiative!


Making a difference - working together with our colleagues from the library service across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, following our recommendations, they have been able to provide additional support for Service Children, their families and those families with a close service connection, by introducing a selection of relevant books into our local libraries –including specific publications which look at the issues facing children/families from a serving background.  These books are also appropriate for children from non-serving/ex-serving families, to help foster a greater understanding of the issues faced by their peers.  
In Warwickshire the school’s library service and the mobile library service have also taken up this initiative.   Our colleagues working with the mobile service have reported that this has been a great success with the books being very popular particularly at Bramcote barracks.   For more information regarding the titles of books now in stock visit our website 


or contact your local library service.

Disability Fitness Activity Classes for Children

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Families Deployment Support Handbook for Regular & Reserve Army



Click HERE to view and/or download the Support Guide



Thursday, 8 September 2016

BBC iPlayer – TV Licence



A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer

As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to  be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand - including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Union Jack Club Offer

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Planesaver Credit Union

How we helped a fellow serviceman save £254 on monthly loan repayments.

Military personnel sometimes have limited access to financial services and particularly affordable credit, leaving them a potential target for high cost credit providers such as payday lenders and loan sharks.

We were recently approached by a serviceman who found himself in a spiral of debt, with a series of high interest Credit Card and Payday loans, with monthly repayments over £555 at an average interest rate of 244% APR.

We were able to lend to the individual responsibly, consolidating his existing debt into one manageable repayment straight from his pay.

We paid off all his existing borrowing, leaving the member with a new monthly repayment of £301 at a more favourable interest rate, meaning he could get back on track with his finances.

The serviceman said "Plane Saver guided me into making better financial decisions, this has made me more aware of how expensive some loans can be. Seeking help from the credit union helped me nearly halve my outgoings on debt. Thank you Plane Saver".
 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Transition Information Sheet 7 - Guide to Secure Private Accommodation



                                                           Please click HERE to view the Transition Newletter in full

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Dog Owners On Gamecock Barracks

DOG OWNERS

References:
  1. CO’s policy on Control of Dogs (to be found on Moss in the SHEF area.
  2. Regimental Standing Order on Pets in the Workplace (Chapter 23 of Standing Orders).

All dogs in Gamecock Barracks (whether in Single Living Accommodation, Service Families Accommodation, or being brought into the workplace), must be registered with the QM Dept by order of the Station Commander, CO 30th  Signal Regiment.

Owners must read the policy and SO at refs A&B (to be found on Moss, with a hard copy at the Families Office) and complete the forms as directed in the SO at the earliest opportunity. You must complete annexes B,D & E and return them with the vaccination and insurance certificates to either the Unit Safety Advisor at the QM Dept, or to the Welfare Office.

Failure to comply with the policy and SO will result in the owner having to remove their dog from Gamecock Barracks.


For further information contact the Unit Safety Advisor on ext 2921.

Passport to Leisure - Free or Concessionary rates for all Eligible Applicants (including swimming)

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The FREE of charge Passport to Leisure will entitle all eligible applicants to FREE or special concessionary rates on a range of sports and leisure activities including:
  • Swimming
  • Jubilee gym
  • Squash
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
Application forms are available from the HIVE.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Armed Forces Covenant – Book Initiative!

Making a difference - working together with our colleagues from the library service
across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, following our recommendations, they have been able to provide additional support for Service Children, their families and those families with a close service connection, by introducing a selection of relevant books into our local libraries –including specific publications which look at the issues facing children/families from a serving background.  These books are also appropriate for children from non-serving/ex-serving families, to help foster a greater understanding of the issues faced by their peers.  



In Warwickshire the school’s library service and the mobile library service have also taken up this initiative.   Our colleagues working with the mobile service have reported that this has been a great success with the books being very popular particularly at Bramcote barracks.   

For more information regarding the titles of books now in stock visit our website


or contact your local library service.

You Ask....... We Answer

Don't Forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more.

In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Friday, 12 August 2016

DDS - 25% Discount on Food at Chiquito

Chiquito offer members 25% discount on their food when showing their defence discount card or MOD90.  

See website or app for full terms and conditions.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

AFCC News Issue 2 - Out Now


To view the latest edition of AFCC News in full, please click HERE

Armed for Coaching


Friday, 5 August 2016

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount


West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount
Please contact the HIVE for Corporate Telephone Number and

Discount Code

Discounted prices are;
Admission Only:
Adult £16.50
Child £12.75
All Inclusive Admission and Wristband:
Adult £22.75
Child £18.85
Military ID may have to be shown on entry.

Safedrive Driving School offer MOD Discount


Monday, 1 August 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

National Insurance for Forces Dependents Overseas

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Copies of this leaflet are available from the HIVE.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Scotty's Little Soldiers


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.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Tickets for Troops

Tickets for Troops (TFT) was set up in 2009 to provide members of the Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts and cultural attractions. 
Since launching TFT has been donated over 850,000 tickets and over 140,000 troops have registered on the website. 
Tickets are available on the TFT website to troops who are currently serving or who have been medically discharged since 2001. 
Tickets For Troops has teamed up with a wide range of organisations and has been able to offer free tickets to a huge number of high profile events, including The London Olympics and Paralympics, Invictus Games, The BRIT Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival, Formula One British Grand Prix, the FA Cup, Les Misérables, The Ideal Home Show, Premier League Football, the Aviva rugby Premiership, The British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The Calling Festival, Coldwell Boxing, darts and many others. 
This initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including James Blunt, Steve Hayes, WO1 Kim Hughes GC and Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron. 
Troops are encouraged to go online and register at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk to take advantage of the fantastic tickets available for our Armed Forces

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

New Free Game for the Military Family - Forces Run




A brand new game has been developed for the Military family called Forces Run. It is a military assault course style game where players can run the course playing as either the Army, RAF, Navy, Royal Marines or a Civilian, scoring points to try and get your chosen Force to the top of the leader board. Currently the RAF are on top so it would be great to get see if the Army can mount a comeback.   

The game can be played on desktop, mobile and tablet via our website by clicking HERE

Monday, 11 July 2016

Carillion Amey - Improvements to Disabled Adaptations




Mental Health and Wellbeing





Have you got the MOD ICE app? 20,000 others have!

The MOD ICE (In Case of Emergency) app produced by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) has now been downloaded 20,000 times by British service personnel and their families since its launch in October 2015.  

The JCCC, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), provides a focal point for casualty administration and notification and requests for compassionate travel (for those personnel serving overseas) in respect of members of the British Armed Forces at any time and will take immediate action for service personnel and their families when an emergency occurs. JCCC offers immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all in uniform and their loved ones should an incident occur. 

As part of the JCCC’s work, the team developed the MOD ICE app that offers a ‘click and call’ facility to direct the user to the most appropriate source of help if they are faced with a family emergency. The app guides the user to the correct point of contact even if the emergency is to be managed outside of JCCC’s remit, for example by service welfare or a charity partner. 

Available from the Defence Gateway internet site – www.defencegateway.mod.uk MOD ICE has reached 20,000 downloads in just nine months, but the aim is for all members of the British Armed Forces and their families members to have the app on their phone or mobile device. 

To download MOD ICE for Apple or Android devices, Service Personnel need to visit Defence Gateway on the mobile device that they wish to host the app. From the App Store, they can download the free app and then repeat the action with the relevant devices of family members. MOD ICE can be downloaded multiple times from the same Defence Gateway account. 

Once downloaded, the Service Person’s name, rank and service number, together with the most relevant welfare officer’s details are entered into the app. It’s then ready for use by both the Service Person and their wider family at any time of day or night – whenever it is needed.  

MOD ICE runs alongside the JPA P001 card. It is imperative that Service Personnel should also remember to keep their Emergency Contact and Next of Kin details on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) up to date and make and maintain a current Will. 

National Insurance Credits for partners of Armed Forces personnel overseas after 6 april1975

From 6 April 2016, spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension.


The new Class 3 NI credits have been introduced in recognition of the fact that accompanying on deployment overseas may have affected a Service spouse or civil partner’s ability to work and pay NI contributions. This could potentially result in a gap in their NI record and could affect the amount of State Pension they receive in retirement. 

The new DWP credits have been taken forward under the Armed Forces Covenant, which states that members of the Armed Forces and their families should receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant. 

It is estimated that this could benefit up to 20,000 individuals, ensuring that they do not miss out on their State Pension. 


CarillionAmey - 10 Facts on the Walk Away Scheme



We have also added a new 'Walk Away Scheme' video to our website aimed at simply explaining how the scheme works.