Wednesday, 26 April 2017

TV Licencing for the Armed Forces


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ARMY WELFARE SERVICE

ARMY WELFARE SERVICE – PERSONAL SUPPORT

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) Personal Support Team is the Army’s professional welfare provider offering a comprehensive, confidential and specialised service.
AWS is the secondary level of welfare support available to serving soldiers and their families when difficulties cannot be dealt with, or must not be dealt with, within the Unit. Trained Army Welfare Workers offer support, advice and guidance to those who are experiencing personal or family difficulties. This covers a wide range of situations including :-

  • Difficulties arising from personal relationships
  • Separation
  • Inability to cope – stress / crisis
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Social issues arising from mental and physical ill health
  • Problems arising from deployment
  • Supporting families who are working with statutory agencies

There is an Army Welfare Service office located in Kinloss.

Referrals and enquiries can be made by telephoning 01904 882053 or e-mail AWS-HQ-IAT@mod.uk.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

DIO - Service Families Accommodation Compensation Claim Fact Sheet




Broadband 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.

Bereavement Scholarship


Childcare Tax Options

























Tax-Free Childcare

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.

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NSPCC - IS MY CHILD READY TO BE LEFT ALONE BOOKLET

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Chimes Restaurant Forres- Offering a 10% Military Discount




















Chimes wish to offer the armed forces a 10% discount. As one of the owner's currently serves in our British army! 

Valid with Veteran Card Or Military ID. 

**Only Valid on food purchases only**

Friday, 7 April 2017

INtouch replaces E-Blueys


INtouch replaces E-Blueys - see a Quick Start Guide at this link ..

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Information for Service Leavers - Transition Information Sheet 10

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DEFENCE DISCOUNT SERVICE APP


New Home Office immigration & Nationality Fees from 6 April 2017



Immigration and nationality fees for all applications made from outside and within the UK.

This document tells you how much it costs to apply for a UK visa from 6 April 2017 and includes previous fees. It shows fees for all visas including:

  • visitor
  • work
  • student
  • settlement
  • naturalisation
For full details Click Here

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Check Your National Insurance Record Online

You can check your National Insurance record online to see:

  • What you have paid, up to the start of the current tax year (6 April 2016)
  • Any National Insurance credits you have received
  • If gaps in contributions or credits mean some years do not count towards your State Pension (they are not ‘qualifying years’)
  • If you can pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps and how much this will cost
Your online record doesn’t cover how much State Pension you are likely to get.

More Information

You will need a Government Gateway account to check your National Insurance record online - you wil be able to set one up if you do not have one.

Personal tax account

Signing in to the ‘Check your National Insurance record’ service activates your personal tax account. You can use this to check your HMRC records and manage your other details.