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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Childcare Tax Options - Government launches new scheme to help with childcare costs


Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.
Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.


Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.


Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible. Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.


To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.


MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage. Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk  for further information.

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

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Broadband Providers Drop Cancellation Fees for Armed Forces Personnel

Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider.

The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad.

The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts.

Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life

The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said:

“Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Send Mail With The British Forces Post Office


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Do You Like Singing?

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Additional Needs And Disability: A Guide For Service Families - New Edition


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Citizens Advice Need Volunteers

To learn more about volunteering with the Citizens Advice



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Monday, 10 April 2017

Supported Lodgings - Bridging The Gap To Independent Living

If you care for someone, we can help


Need advice or support?


Call 0800 181 4118

We provide information, advice, one-to-one emotional support, access to counselling and training opportunities, breaks from the caring role and the chance to meet others in similar situations at one of our regular carer’s cafes and support groups.

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Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Some Where To Visit For A Day Out
Stonehenge is one of the most important and most 
visited ancient sites in England. The World Heritage Site and 
only 56 minutes from Lyneham. 

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Salisbury's Classic Ghost Tour

 

Salisbury has an amazing collection of ghosts. Join us as we search for Salisbury’s secretive ghosts and listen to spine chilling tales of haunting's and gruesome happenings from the City’s past. These tours include tales of witches, wizards, ghosts and the violent death of the Duke of Buckingham plus much more…Explore hidden parts of the haunted City and hear of things that go bump in the night!

Walks Around Salisbury


Starting from the Salisbury Information Centre at 11am 
Daily from 1st April to 31st October.
Weekends only from November to March.
Adults: £6.00  (Accompanied children under 4  free)
Children under 16 £3.00
Students: £3.00 (Must show student ID card)
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Armed Forces Free Weekend Holidays & Respite - Poppy Pod Village

Available to all Armed Forces Personnel, Reservists 
and Veterans for £15 per annum! 
T&Cs apply

Changes To Childcare Vouchers


Are you prepared for the changes to Childcare Vouchers? In early 2017, the Government is planning to start rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, a new initiative for working parents which will soon replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme.


If you sign up for Childcare Vouchers before April 2018 you can remain on the scheme, and will be able to choose which is more cost-effective for you and your family.
If you are not currently taking Childcare Vouchers, you should consider joining now to have the choice later when the changes occur. Click Here for more information

Running A Business In Service Families Accommodation....


Planning to run a business from your SFA?
Please contact Carillionamey first on 0800 707 6000.

Charges For Service Family Accommodation (SFA)

Occupants that want to find the current list of charges for SFA can find them at www.gov.uk/dio/sfa under Entitlement for SFA

INtouch Mail Service for UK Armed Forces Personnel: Service Guide


The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.

To REGISTER : CLICK HERE
SENDING MAIL USING INTOUCH : CLICK HERE

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Haven for Heroes-Victory Services Club-London

The Haven for Heroes scheme offers an exclusive 50% discount on our room rates for the British Armed Forces who are members of the VSC. This offer is available to personnel returning on mid-operational tour R&R from named operations in overseas theatres or those who are within 6 months of returning at the end of an operational deployment on a named operation overseas.
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Become A Foster Carer With Wiltshire Council


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Service Families - Reading Force

     

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