Thursday, 30 March 2017

Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) forty-sixth report 2017

Recommendations from the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) on Armed Forces remuneration and charges. 


Keith & District Men's Shed

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The New e-Bluey Service - InTouch ensures loved ones can stay in touch- Launches 1 April 2017

The new contract with Neopost will mean Britain’s Armed Forces will continue to receive hard copy, secure mail, including photos, from their loved ones, for free and with no break in service as the new imail INtouch system takes over from the e-bluey on 1 April 2017.
The new imail INtouch system will allow users to send up to eight pages, including high definition photographs and official documents. The old e-bluey system that is being replaced only allowed single pages to be sent and did not support high definition photographs.
The MOD is committed to the welfare of its people and enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. Replacing the ageing e-bluey service is recognition of the fact that, to provide the best possible communication system for service personnel overseas, we must take advantage of the latest technology. This is why the funding for e-bluey is being redirected to imail INtouch and development of cutting-edge communications solution.
Full information - click link InTouch

Monday, 27 March 2017

Host a Coffee Morning for Cancer Research UK

Help to beat cancer with every slice. Host a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning this April.

Get everyone together to enjoy some cake, sip some tea and raise money to help beat cancer. Sign up now for your free fundraising pack, which will provide you with everything you need to host a great coffee morning, including stickers, balloons, fundraising guide, plus some snazzy posters.

For further information CLICK HERE

Looking for Employment?

Please click on the links below to search for employment opportunities in your local area, If you need any further guidance or even just access to a computer then please come along to the HIVE :)

Thursday, 23 March 2017


Little Troopers at School
Little Troopers at School is a new project from the charity Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. We want you to have easily accessible information set out in a way that can be understood and utilised to the greatest benefit.

The first stage of this project is the release of some free, easily accessible information sheets for both parents of service children and schools with service children attending covering various subject areas including;
  • Service Pupil Premium
  • Challenges service children may face
  • Moving schools
  • Affects of separation
  • Best practice
Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 however we hope these information sheets will be a great starting point for you, as a parent or as a school setting.

Access here

Moving To Scotland? - Education Guide For Children & Young People

Click HERE For More Information

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New UK Speeding Laws Come Into Effect In April

Speeding  drivers will soon face stricter penalties and much higher fines based on what they earn. 
From April 24 2017, new rules come into effect in the UK which will mean offenders could now be charged up to 175% of their weekly income.
Currently in the UK the minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence while the maximum fine is £1,000 or £2,500 for motorway offences.
But when the new guidelines are brought in next month, those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125 and 175 per cent of their relevant weekly income.
Or if you are caught going between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone you will get three penalty points and a fine of between 25 and 75 per cent of your weekly income.
Currently many drivers get away without points and a fine by paying for a speed awareness course.
It follows tougher penalties being brought in this month for anyone using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The previous penalty of three points and a £100 fine has been doubled to six points and £200.
The new speeding system is split into three bands which rate the severity of the offence based on the speed limit.
Band A refers to an offence that is between one and 10mph over the stated speed limit.
For example a band A speeding offence in a 20mph zone would be from 21mph to 31 mph.
A band B offence is 11mph to 21mph above the stated speed limit and a band C offence is 21 mph and above the stated speed limit.
The starting point for a Band A fine is 50% of your weekly wage.
Band B starting point = 100% of your weekly wage
Band C starting point = 150% of your weekly wage rising up to 175%

Are you ready to leave the military?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Play Your Part In Tackling The Terrorist Threat

For further details please click HERE

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Open University - Career Development for the Defence Community

If you are looking to develop yourself or planning to leave the Armed Forces and need additional skills to help with your resettlement, The Open University (OU) can help: 
  • OU work closely with the MOD to support education and training while with the Armed or Civil Services.
  • The OU’s flexible learning allows service personnel to maximise their use of personal time. 
  • OUare proud of their relationship with the Armed Forces, supporting students wherever they are in their studies and wherever they are in the world.
OU have created this website to provide advice, support and free resources to Armed Forces personnel, as well as information to help you find out more about what it’s like to study with the OU.  Click HERE for more information

DISCOUNT- Pinz Bowling Elgin

Pinz Bowling Elgin
Address2, Moycroft Industrial Estate, Elgin IV30 1XZ
Phone: 01343 541444

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Royal British Legion - Remembrance Travel - LIBOR Funded Normandy Tours 2017

Various Dates in March, April, May and September 2017.
Funding for a veteran plus 2 family members or carers.
HERE for more information

Discounts at Cotswold Outdoor

Visit the Cotswold website at 

Friday, 10 March 2017

National Minimum Wage Increase from 1st April 2017

rom the 1st April 2017 the National Minimum wage 
and National Living Wage will be increasing.

Find more information HERE

Latest From The Defence Discount Directory

For more information and to join the DDS go to




The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial will be unveiled on Thursday 9thMarch.

The service will commemorate the UK Armed Forces and British citizens who volunteered during these conflicts across government, non-government and charity organisations.

The memorial also pays tribute to those who worked on the humanitarian side of the operation, whether civilian or military; working with local communities, across areas such as health and education. Some of these volunteers paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Over 2,500 guests have been invited and the ceremony will include music, prayers and readings.
Forces TV will be covering the memorial at Westminster from 10:30am (UK), with exclusive interviews from veterans involved in the conflicts.

Watch British Forces News on Forces TV on Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165, or online at

Will You Be Affected By The Changes In 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.


The cost of a TV Licence will change from 1 April 2017. A colour licence will cost £147, an increase of £1.50 on the current fee. A black and white licence will cost £49.50, an increase of 50p.
There will be no change to the free over 75 TV Licence.
For more Information please click HERE

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Cessation of use of AWS Contact Houses- Inverness

Due to a number of factors out with our control, the AWS has reluctantly decided to end its administration of Contact Houses in Inverness.
No new bookings will be accepted, except when applications are supported by the 3SCOTS UWO or approved by the AWS WSO.

All bookings made before COP Thursday 2nd March 2017 will be honoured but effectively, AWS involvement with the running of the
Contact Houses ceases immediately.

If you wish to confirm your booking please call 01463 233132.

SSAFA Additional Needs and Disability Guide


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Families Activity Breaks (FAB)

What is FAB?
Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri Service charitable initiative, providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families.
Families’ Activity Breaks

If your child is aged up to 19 years old and has suffered the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. The holidays offer an adventure for all the family and a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. A loved one can mean a parent, a step parent, or a child’s legal guardian, carer or sibling.

Full details of 2017 FAB dates are at