Monday, 27 June 2016

Staffordshire Smart Alert Vehicle Security - Crime Prevention Measures

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Your latest Smart Alert.
Following a number of incidents Staffordshire Police is urging van drivers to take simple crime prevention measures to deter would-be thieves from stealing your vehicle or items from it.
  • Remove all items from view, including tools and work equipment.
  • Remember to shut all windows and the sun roof.
  • Ensure your vehicle is securely locked and that alarms or immobilisers are switched on.
  • Consider fitting a specialist door lock for use on the rear or off side sliding door adding further security to your van.
  • Register your property for free at You can register serial numbers, upload photos and even record items as stolen.
Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately on 101.
If you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.

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Tax Credits - Renewal

If you are claiming tax credits, you will be sent a renewal pack, which will tell you how to renew your tax credits.

You must renew your tax credits by 31st July 2016 if your renewal pack has a red line across the first page and it says 'reply now'.

If you miss the deadline your tax credits payments will stop. You will be sent a statement and will have to pay back the tax credits you've received since 6th April 2016.

Further information on the process of renewing your tax credits is on the website below:

Also, the link to manage your tax credits is here:

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National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.
It helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.
It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You’ll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.
NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.
Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
If you’re 16 or 17, you can take part in NCS.
Visit the NCSyes site and sign up to receive more information and details of how to get involved.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Carillionamey Additional Needs Adaptations

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Carillionamey: Patch Management

Improving the way we manage your patch

As part of the improvement plan, CarillionAmey have rolled out a new initiative which we are hoping will assist with better communication. Each Accommodation Officer (AO) is responsible for making regular checks on the Service Family homes and the surrounding communal areas for which they are responsible. 
They conduct regular inspections looking out for things such as graffiti, fallen trees, and potholes in roads. During their walk-around they also take a look at the exterior of properties, and may often notice things that families miss, such as a leaking drainpipe or blocked guttering and should alert the occupants so that a job can be raised.

Nowadays with so many families where both partners work, sometimes issues are identified when no one is home, and although the AO will raise the job with the Helpdesk, families may only find out about it when an engineer arrives to complete the job. We recognise that may be a concern for some families so CarillionAmey’s new patch management inspection card aims to solve this problem. Once the AO has identified an issue with the exterior of a property, the details will be completed on the card and posted through the letterbox, helping to prevent small repairs becoming bigger ones. 

Here is a reminder of what CarillionAmey are responsible for within your patch:

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Combat Stress - For Ex-Service Men & Women

Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity. 
Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages.
Our treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.
Our Vision is that Veterans will be able to live free from the harmful effects of psychological wounds. 
Our Mission is to provide timely, effective clinical treatment and welfare support to Veterans who suffer from psychological wounds. 
Our Values are to: 
  • Always put Veterans at the centre of our work
  • Aspire to excellence in everything we do
  • Foster a culture of respect and integrity

If you need our help, please call our free 24-hour Helpline for Veterans, serving personnel, and their families: 0800 138 1619
Please watch this short film to find out more about the work that we do.  

For further information visit:

Education Support Fund for UK Schools with Service Children

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Service Parents, both Regular and Reserve Forces, are encouraged to use the attached poster to bring the MOD Education Support Fund to the attention of their child’s school.  The Education Support Fund (ESF) is now inviting applications from UK publicly funded schools, Local Authorities, State schools, Academies, Free schools and 6th Form colleges that cater for the education of Service children. 

The fund is to help mitigate the effects that exceptional mobility and/or deployment of the Armed Forces communities have on schools and their children and will focus on the areas impacted by rebasing.  This might include providing support to Service children who have a parent serving on an operational deployment or help Service children who arrive in UK schools after the start of term to settle in. 

Only publicly funded UK schools and/or Local Authorities on behalf of schools may apply.

The bidding process for 2016 was launched by Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) on 1 Jun 2015.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Summer Assignments - Removals Top Tips for Military Families

Ahead of the summer assignment rush, some top tips from the removals team to help avoid delays or other issues:
Authorisation to Move at Public Expense.  Every month the Contractor receives around 100 applications requesting to move when there is no associated authority as laid down in the regulations (JSP 752 and/or JSP800).  These requests are then referred back to the originator often resulting in a delay of processing and, in most cases, submission to PACC for a decision.  Top Tip - If you are unsure as to your removals entitlement, please seek advice from Unit Admin Staff before making an application.
Transit and Storage Insurance.  This issue crops up all too frequently with Service Personnel failing to arrange sufficient insurance cover for their Personal Effects; note - an element of Disturbance Expenses provides a contribution to the cost of this insurance.  Top Tip - please make sure you arrange an adequate level of insurance to cover your your Personal Effects.  
Agility Offices – Urgent Renovation Work.  The office block that Agility occupies is scheduled for some major renovation work over the Summer period.  Most of the work will be in May and June with the ‘noisy work’ taking place after 1600 each day.. There might a small chance of some disruption after that 1600 time so, in order to continue to provide a comprehensive level of service, the office phone lines will open an hour earlier at 0800 so that Service Personnel can speak to a member of the Agility Team. Top Tip – if you need to
speak to a member of the Agility Team you may wish to do so before 1600 during May and June; the phone lines will be open an hour earlier from 0800 to counter any potential disruption later in the day.
Germany Rebasing.  As you are probably aware the summer of 2015 will see the relocation of Service Personnel and their families from Germany; this first phase involves moving around 3500 Service personnel and their families in the June-September period.  The Contractor has committed additional resources to meet the requirement and there will be no disruption to ‘business as normal’ for those personnel not moving as part of the Rebasing Programme.  It should be noted, however, that for these moves the minimum 28 days notice must be provided to the Contractor; currently there is an alarming number of removal requests submitted with less than 28 days notice and while the contractor strives to meet these short notice requests the amount of business activity over the June-September may mean that these may not be satisfied.  Top Tip – Get your removal requests in good and early this summer!
Any questions on removals, talk to your Unit HR first.  
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Armed Forces Covenant Website

In January 2016 the Armed Forces Covenant was re-launched under a new, unified brand.

The new website lays out the support that is available to beneficiaries of the Covenant – current Regular and Reserve Service Personnel, Service families, former Service Personnel – with links to further information on individual Covenant measures on

The new website also contains information for supporters of the Covenant, including businesses, charities, the general public and local authorities, and regular news stories about how the Covenant is helping real people

See the website at this link

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes

The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Educaion scheme.  Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.
From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.

See more at this link

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

RBL - Count Them In

Count Them In
The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland, have launched a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans, who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.
As you will be aware, unlike in the United States, the UK Government only really maintains records on Regulars and injured and pensionable veterans, whilst Reservists, ‘healthy’ working age veterans, and family members are generally missing from existing data collection methods. Sadly, even the data that we do have is rather patchy, providing no real indication as to the wellbeing and needs of this unique community. In contrast, we know a great deal about the UK’s Jedi community, as well as the numbers and location of our sheep and cattle.
In light of the above, the Legion and Poppyscotland have launched a new public-facing campaign. The campaign, which is called Count Them In, essentially seeks to establish a comprehensive snapshot of our Armed Forces community. By including questions about membership of the military community in the next census in 2021, we hope to not only develop agreater understanding of the needs, location and profile of the Armed Forces community, but also directly compare this group to their peers in the general population. This information will help the sector – local authorities, charities, statutory bodies - to more accurately identify areas where Service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government and other statutory providers to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.
How you can support ‘Count them in’:
1.    Follow the link to the RBL website and hit the red Pledge Your Support button. Enter your postcode, which identifies your local MP and send them the support request letter.
2.    Encourage everyone you can to pledge their support individually as well.
The RBL believe that more accurate local data on the size and needs of the Armed Forces community will help ensure the Armed Forces Covenant delivers for our Armed Forces community and for everyone. If you agree, please support this campaign. The Legion would be happy to provide you with additional campaign material.

Thank you for your support.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016