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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Veterans Mental Health - Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

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Extended Childcare Entitlement - Overseas Locations

EXTENDED FREE CHILDCARE ENTITLEMENT IN OVERSEAS LOCATIONS
BACKGROUND
1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.

4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.
ENTITLEMENT

5. The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

Monday, 17 July 2017

npower launches its most competitive tariff for ‘Everyday Heroes’

















Today, npower launches ‘Everyday Heroes Fix’, a new tariff exclusively for employees of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces, who hold either Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service memberships. The tariff is on average npower’s most competitive deal* and fixes energy prices until December 2018, offering these everyday heroes a great deal on their energy and protects them from price rises until the end of next year.

The tariff is exclusively available to Blue Light Card or Defence Discount Service members, regardless of whether they are a new or existing npower customer, pay by Direct Debit or on receipt of bill, as long as they manage their account online. The npower offer is available by logging on to bluelightcard.co.uk or defencediscountservice.co.uk.

Anne Chappell Smith, Head of Partnerships at npower, said: “Our new Everyday Heroes Fix is a first-of-its-kind tariff which has been created to give our best price to the nation’s unsung heroes. We wanted to come up with a great product for military personnel, law enforcement officers, firefighters, ministry of defence and healthcare providers to recognise their special contributions to our community.

“Should they wish to choose our most competitive tariff, these everyday heroes will benefit from a fix deal, greater price certainty and security to help plan and budget their energy costs over the course of the next 18 months.”

Tom Dalby, Head of Defence Discount Service said “We are extremely pleased that npower is recognising our everyday heroes.  Those in the Emergency Services, NHS and Armed Forces work hard for our communities and within our communities and it is great that npower, as an energy provider, are recognising what these wonderful people do.”


Blue Light Card provides discounts for the UK’s Emergency Services, NHS and Armed Forces both online and on the high street.  Defence Discount Service is the official Ministry of Defence discount service providing discounts online and on the high street for the UK’s Armed Forces Community, including Veterans. 

Veterans' Housing Advice


Information about the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholorship Scheme


TAX FREE CHILDCARE - REPLACING CHILDCARE VOUCHERS

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.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Using Social Media - A Guide for Military Personnel



The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when 
used appropriately, should be encouraged.

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how 
well we use it. 
The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is 
and isn’t acceptable social media behaviour for military personnel.

to read or print the guide Click Here 

SERVICE FAMILIES ACCOMMODATION




See information from DIO about Service Families Accommodation in these video links