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.