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.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Changes Outlined in DINs



If you need to see one of the DINs listed below, please ask any HIVE for help


1.    Changes to Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) Regulations.
In April 2015, the Defence People and Training Board (DPTB) commissioned a review of Service children’s Continuity of Education exploring the ways by which the MOD assists Service Personnel to ensure continuity of education for their children; one of those is through the provision of CEA. The Review is not yet complete; however, it has identified some areas where the governance can be further tightened to strengthen the eligibility criteria for claiming CEA that do not need to wait until the review’s completion before implementing. The changes to CEA will be implemented from the beginning of academic year 2016/17. Please ensure you read 2016DIN01-100 to find out if any of the new regulations affect you.  Additional assistance is available from the Children’s Education Advisory Service www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service or their helpline 01980 618 244 (Military 94344 8244).

2.    School Children’s Visits (SCV) – Unaccompanied Minors (UNMIN). 
On 24 February 2016 British Airways (BA) announced that its Skyflyer Solo UNMIN service will no longer be available. Pre-existing bookings will be honoured if the service has already been booked and paid for, providing the journey is completed by 31 January 2017. BA will now only accept children aged 12-18 years to fly alone. 2016DIN01-103 has been released and gives full details of options available to parents.

3.    Recruitment of Commonwealth Nationals into the Armed Forces.

The aim of this DIN, which is targeted at all Armed Forces personnel, the chain of command and those with responsibility for recruitment, is to confirm the UK residency criteria for recruitment into the Regular and Reserve Armed Forces and also to explain the circumstances in which an exemption to the criteria will be granted for individuals recruited into roles that require specialist skills. The new DIN 2016DIN01-086 replaces  2013DIN01-149.

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.   

Army Rebasing Programme Newsletter - Edition 11


Please click HERE to read in full

Thursday, 16 June 2016

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.


The Forces Help to Buy Scheme (FHTB)

The Forces Help To Buy Scheme (FHTB) was launched on 1 April 2014 as a three year pilot scheme. FHTB enables Service personnel to borrow up to half their annual salary (up to a maximum of £25,000) and is intended to assist towards the balance of the purchase price (taking into account, for example, deposit, legal, surveyors, land registration and estate agent fees) when buying a property for which a mortgage lender is willing to advance a mortgage.

Any personnel looking to utilise FHTB should familiarise themselves fully with JSP 464 Part 1 Chapter 12 where full details of the eligibility and qualifying criteria can be found.

For information can found on the Goverment website, just click on the link below:

JSHAO Information Sheet - Forces Help to Buy Scheme

Do You Know Your Housing Options?

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To view other useful leaflets produced by the Joint Services Housing Advice Office please click HERE

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

Changes to Enhanced Learning Credit Schemes

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 Education 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


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

RBL Count Them In Campaign

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.
In light of the above, the Legion and Poppyscotland have launched a new public-facing campaign. The campaign, which is called Count Them In, essentially seeks to establish a comprehensive snapshot of our Armed Forces community. By including questions about membership of the military community in the next census in 2021, we hope to not only develop a greater understanding of the needs, location and profile of the Armed Forces community, but also directly compare this group to their peers in the general population. This information will help the sector – local authorities, charities, statutory bodies - to more accurately identify areas where Service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government and other statutory providers to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.
How you can support ‘Count them in’:
1.    Follow the link  http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/count-them-in/ to the RBL website and hit the red Pledge Your Support button. Enter your postcode, which identifies your local MP and send them the support request letter.
2.    Encourage everyone you can to pledge their support individually as well.
The RBL believe that more accurate local data on the size and needs of the Armed Forces community will help ensure the Armed Forces Covenant delivers for our Armed Forces community and for everyone. If you agree, please support this campaign. The Legion would be happy to provide you with additional campaign material.

Thank you for your support.