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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club


Breakfast Clubs' are not a charity or a business, and are not funded.

The only thing you will pay for is your own breakfast. Breakfast Clubs are simply a group of serving and former members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, who meet, eat breakfast, laugh and support each other....simple. Please click HERE to find your nearest breakfast club.

Military Personnel: Thinking of Doing a Course?



Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Service personnel may make SLC claims each financial year for 80% of any course fees; up to a maximum of £175 per year for approved vocational and academic courses.  This is a “use it or lose it” allowance, as the funding does not roll-over into the next financial year. Before starting any course, individuals must obtain prior approval.  Further details can be found in JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 4 or by contacting your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) The ELC allowance provides funding support to Service personnel who want to enhance their educational or vocational achievements for long-term personal development.  It may only be used to gain National Qualification Level 3 or higher qualifications. (i.e. A Level & some NVQ Level 4 or 5, 1st Degree, Post Graduate studies and Doctorate)  Candidates must have registered while serving and strict criteria apply when making a claim. Depending on a number of factors, this can amount to up to as much as £2000 per year, over a 3 year course. Again, individuals must both have registered and made their claim prior to starting any course.  Also, provided you registered whilst still serving , you may also claim for up to 10 years after leaving the service. See JSP 898 Pt 4 Chapt 3 for details or visit http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/  or contact your local Education Centre Staff for further information/guidance.  

Stories Needed From Ex-Forces, Families Or Connections With The Military

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chartered Management Institute

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Please click HERE for further information

Friday, 18 November 2016

Longleat Discount


            Please click HERE for further details

MOD Travel Discount - National Express


Calculate your Armed Forces Pension

You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’ve served in the armed forces.
Use this calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.
Start now on the MOD service

Other ways to apply

You can also apply by post.
Download and fill in the pension forecast request (form 12) - the address is on the form.
The form covers the following pension schemes:
  • AFPS 75
  • AFPS 05
  • AFPS 15

Thursday, 17 November 2016

London Victory Services Club - Welfare And Respite For Service personnel


We are very proud of the Respite and Welfare initiative that we offer, which provides a stay in the Capital for nominated personnel of all ranks. These breaks are intended to offer welcome respite for personnel wounded or injured on Operational Service, or for individuals who have encountered a significant welfare issue.

Further information is available at this link 


and the Respite and Welfare initiative brochure is available here

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Monday, 7 November 2016

British Forces overseas posting: Cyprus


If you have received an assignment order to Cyprus contact your nearest HIVE. 



HIVES in Cyprus
Akrotiri HIVE (RAF Akrotiri)
Contact Akrotiri HIVE on 00357 2527 6390 or email akrotirihive@armymail.mod.uk

Ayios Nikolaos HIVE (JSSU)
Contact Ayios Nikolaos HIVE on 00357 2395 7699 or email ayiosnikolaoshive@armymail.mod.uk

Dhekelia HIVE (Dhekelia Station)
Contact Dhekelia HIVE on 00357 2474 4551 or email dhekeliahive@armymail.mod.uk

Episkopi HIVE (Episkopi Station)
Contact Episkopi HIVE on 00357 2596 2000 or email episkopihive@armymail.mod.uk

Nicosia HIVE (HQ UNFICYP)
Contact Nicosia HIVE on 00357 2235 9316 or email nicosiahive@armymail.mod.uk

 HIVEs have information blogs.
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Find out about RAF Akrotiri, accommodation, medical facilities, schools, amenities and recreation: HERE

MOD Veterans UK - Changes to Helpline Opening Hours

Changes to our helpline opening hours take effect on Monday 31 October 2016.

The opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during our busiest times.

Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to our partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed. 

Defence Discount Service Discounts




 

State Benefits for Ex-Armed Forces Personnel


This useful guide produced by the Career Transition Partnership will help you find out more about State Benefits, including:

What benefits exist 

  • Eligibility
  • Benefits for those being medically discharged
  • Where to find further information and advice
  • Some frequently asked questions on the topic
You will also find details on some additional benefits and discount schemes for service and ex service personnel.

Credit Unions - Financial Help For Armed Forces


A new service offering simple savings accounts and "affordable" loans to military personnel, who can sometimes struggle to get access to financial products, has been launched by credit unions.

The arrangement, backed by the Ministry of Defence, means Armed Forces personnel will be able to save regularly or repay loans with credit unions directly through their pay packets, via deductions from their payroll.
Credit unions are mutual financial co-operatives that take deposits and give loans to members. Family members and retired personnel receiving a pension are also eligible to join the new service, whose launch coincides with International Credit Union Day.

Credit unions trade association Abcul (the Association of British Credit Unions Limited) says that over the years, people serving in the Armed Forces have reported difficulties accessing credit because their job involves moving regularly and it can be challenging to build up a good credit rating. It adds that some personnel report being targeted by high-cost lenders.
                        Please click HERE for further information

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Tesco Direct Delivers To British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Addresses


  Tesco are pleased to inform you that they are now able to deliver to British Forces Post Office locations around the globe.  

 For more details  CLICK HERE

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