Thursday, 30 June 2016

Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF)







MOD Veterans Support

MOD VETERANS SUPPORT

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week, Defence Business Services has produced a short 30 second film to highlight MOD’s veterans support.

See the film on facebook at  www.facebook.com/modveteransuk or
search facebook for ‘MOD veterans uk’ where the film is pinned to the top.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Changes notified in Defence Instructions and Notices (DINs)

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).

Monday, 20 June 2016

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Armed Forces Covenant website

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

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes
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 Educaion 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
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/enhanced-learning-credits-further-and-higher-education-scheme-changes

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.