Friday, 28 April 2017

TV Licence - Armed Forces

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Naval Families Federation Transition Project

Wool & Bovington Surestart Children's Centre - Activity Programme

Please note: Change of venue
All Playing Together session on a Friday takes place in the Memorial Hall, Bovington

For details of activities at Blandford Surestart Children's Centre go to

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Blandford Camp Youth Club - Weekly Programme 26 April - 12 July

Due to a directive from Army AWS HQ the Blandford Camp Youth Club Facebook page will close on Thursday 27th April.
All further information about BC Kids Club and BC Juniors will be posted to the Blandford and Bovington HIVE blog.
Please check here for updates and information.
You can also call Sophie on 07810 773121 or email on for information.

Terrorism Guidance

Monday, 24 April 2017

NHS - Information On Sepsis

Bovington Garrison Welfare/Contact Houses - Short Term Accommodation Use

Blandford Camp - Welfare/Contact House Short Term Use Accommodation

The contact house for Blandford Camp is located in Service Families accommodation at 22 College Road.

This welfare accommodation is available throughout the year for single days, weekends and full weeks.  The maximum duration of stay is two weeks.  Please Note: **Bookings can only be taken 1 month in advance from 0830 hrs.

Priority is given to soldiers who have visitation/access rights with their children from a prior relationship.  Periods around half-term and school holidays, will, whenever possible be set aside for this purpose.  

The cost per night is £40

The accommodation is available for all soldiers to rent for visiting relatives. These are defined as parents, grandparents and brothers/sister of the soldier or his/her spouse (this does not include partners or girl/boyfriends).  

If during a stay in the contact house, a welfare case should arise then the inhabitants will be asked to vacate the quarter.

For further details or to book please contact:

Army Welfare Service Office - Williams Building
01258 482450 Mil: 94371 2450

Service Leavers and Home Owners - Understanding Council Tax

While you are living in Service Families Accommodation you are exempt from paying Council Tax but instead you pay CILOCT (Contribution In Lieu Of Council Tax) which is shown on your pay statement.

When you move out of SFA and into your own home or rented property you will need to register with the local council to pay the correct rate of council tax for that property.

When you enter your postcode online you can find out what Council tax band your house is in and how much your local council charges for that band.

The valuation bands for your home in England and Scotland are based on the price a property would have achieved if it had been sold on the open market on 1 April 1991. In Wales assessments are based on the value of property on 1 April 2003.

A Council Tax bill tells you:

How much you have to pay for the year

How that amount has been worked out

The dates you have to pay

Find out more on

Friday, 21 April 2017

Are Your Dependent Children Registered on JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.

To complete the registration process, the military member of the family should provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process.

For more information, contact

Army Welfare Service Support To Serving Soldiers & Their Families


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

Referrals and enquiries can be made by telephoning 01904 882053 or e-mail

An Army Welfare Service office is based within Blandford Camp, which covers Blandford, Westmoors, Bovington & Lulworth areas. 

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Standard Learning Credits Scheme For Military Personnel

The Standard Learning Credits scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs.

Military personnel are able to claim 80% of course fees, up to a maximum of £175 per financial year. To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service.

HERE for further details

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.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

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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 where you will find the 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:  for further information.

The Future Accommodation Model (FAM)

The Ministry of Defence is thinking about how it provides service personnel with accommodation in the future, whether they are single, in a relationship or married. This follows 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) commitment to make a new accommodation offer to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership.
The Future Accommodation Model is still at an early stage. No decisions have been finalised, and the details are likely to change.

Why accommodation provision might change

The current accommodation offer:
  • Is not equally attractive to all
The current model does not support how all service personnel might choose to live, forcing some service personnel to opt out of subsidised accommodation and others to compromise on family life. For example, parents in a long term relationship are not able to live together as a family in MOD provided accommodation unless they enter into marriage or a civil partnership. In addition, rank is prioritised over need when allocating homes contributing towards a lack of choice for personnel over where they can live and the type of home they can live in.
  • Is unsustainable for the future
Simply widening the number of people who are entitled to service family accommodation (SFA) is unaffordable, as the MOD would be required to build a large number of new houses. In addition, the SDSR has committed us to changing the locations of forces across the UK.
Relocation often means the MOD has to build accommodation quickly, meaning it is more expensive. Under the current model, we must also continuously maintain empty properties to enable operational flexibility. Reducing these costs will help to ensure that money is invested in meeting the future needs of our armed forces.

The Future Accommodation Model’s aims

The Future Accommodation Model aims to address these issues by giving more choice, providing financial support for personnel to live close to their MOD place of work or to keep their family stable in a location of their choosing by purchasing a home.
There are some important principles which underpin the Future Accommodation Model:
  • the Future Accommodation Model will not reduce the total pot of money currently used to subsidise housing
  • today accommodation is provided to personnel based on their rank and relationship status; the accommodation allowance of tomorrow will be provided based on their need, regardless of age, rank or relationship status
  • personnel would be supported financially to live in the house they choose, in the place they choose and with the people they choose; this could mean living with a partner, whether married or not, with children from a current or previous relationship, or friends inside or outside the service; more families would be able to live together and balance this with a military career
  • the MOD would also offer support and advice to those service personnel taking up private market rental accommodation; some personnel will require a higher level of support, and the MOD is developing a package to address this
  • the rental allowance would be adjusted so that no one loses out if they are required to work in more expensive areas

Potential options

The Future Accommodation Model survey presented a number of options. Following your feedback we are now refining the policy and will update once this work is complete.

Who the Future Accommodation Model applies to

The Future Accommodation Model will apply both to personnel with families and those without, whether they are single, in a relationship or married. It will not be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, it will apply to service personnel in mainland Britain, but which options are available to who is still to be decided and will depend in part on location. The MOD is currently focusing on designing FAM in the United Kingdom. How we apply this model to overseas accommodation is currently being considered.

When the Future Accommodation Model might happen

The Future Accommodation Model is a complex project and it will take until the end of 2016 to undertake full consultation and make all the key design decisions. If the Future Accommodation Model gains approval, it would be implemented gradually with a pilot commencing in a few years’ time.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Transition information Sheet 10 - Resilience and Wellbeing

To read, download or print this information sheet

Blandford Camp SSVC Cinema - Find Out What's On!

For latest showings, entry costs etc

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

Education in Scotland – An Introductory Guide has been produced with the full backing of the Scottish Government, and provides personnel either in Scotland or moving to Scotland with a comprehensive guide to all phases of education, with handy information and advice. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

BRITISH Forces Post Office (BFPO) - APP

Find out more about BFPO this link: Click Here <<<

HIVE Information Service - Who Do We Support?

Your nearest HIVE:
Bovington  01929 403185
Blandford (Outreach HIVE) 01258 482537
Email enquiries to

For locations of other HIVEs go to

Tuesday, 4 April 2017