Thursday, 23 February 2017

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Emergency Dental Provision West Sussex




Emergency Dental treatment can be provided out of hours when a patient’s clinical condition needs prompt attention by a Dentist to manage / address dental pain on a temporary basis to allow them to then seek a permanent resolution from a general dentist.
  • Urgent assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Advice on treatment options
  • Preventative care and advice
  • Surgical treatment, if necessary to relieve pain
  • The taking of radiographs
  • The issue of prescriptions.
  • Simple extractions
  • Pulpal extirpation and dressing

Coverage

 How To Access

The Emergency Dental Service is an appointment only service. Patients can telephone the clinics direct to book an appointment or if all appointments are taken, receive advice from a Dentist over the telephone.

Patients should telephone to make an appointment as soon as possible after the service opens:

Weekday evenings: Appointment line live between 5.30pm - 10.00pm / Appointment slots are between 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Weekends and Bank Holidays: Appointment line live between 8.30am - 1.00pm / Appointment slots are between 9.30am - 12.00pm


Chichester area:
Jubilee Dental Centre
St Richards Hospital
Chichester
PO19 6SE
Tel: 01243 831790
Monday to Friday, 5.30pm to 10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 8.30am to 1pm


See HERE for further details. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Remember to buy a TV licence.

 

Armed forces personnel


A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any provider or device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder.



It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000* plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

A TV Licence costs £145.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.

For further information see HERE

 

Service to Civvy- Are you Pension Ready?



ARE YOU PENSION READY? 


MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’. 


The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it. 


Veterans UK provide several tools for Serving Personnel including; a yearly Pension Benefit Information Statement (BIS), one free Pension Forecast per year and the online Armed Forces Pension Scheme Calculator. Our Armed Forces are also encouraged to keep their Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) record up-to-date so when it’s time to apply for their Pension there will be no delays. 


It’s also vital for the Veteran’s community to let Veterans UK know about any change of circumstances after they’ve left Service and to remember to apply for their Pension at the right time. Our former Armed Forces personnel deserve the Pension they are entitled to and at present our veterans are failing to claim £320M in Pensions they have built up during their Service. 


‘You’ve earned it – you apply for it – we’ll pay it!’ 


Whether they are a new recruit, or a Serviceman or woman starting to think about the road ahead to Civvy Street, or a Veteran with a Preserved Pension, it’s never too early for them to start thinking about their pension.


Read further HERE

Friday, 17 February 2017

Thorney Island HIVE Information Office- Change to Opening Times




From Monday 20 February 2017

Thorney Island HIVE will be have new opening times:

Monday to Thursday- 0830-1330
Friday-Closed

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For local events look at the Thorney Island HIVE Blog HERE


Union Jack Club- The Premier Armed Forces Club in London- Rooms from £40



Looking for a Civilian Teaching Qualification?


Childcare Vouchers by Sodexo


About the Armed Forces Scheme

Childcare vouchers are a government initiative designed to help working parents pay for childcare. You can convert part of your salary into vouchers before your usual tax and NI contributions are taken. This means that you only have to pay the tax and NI on what’s left, saving you up to £933 per year.


What’s even better is that both parents can take advantage of the scheme, so you could make a joint saving of up to £1,866 per family!
You will receive your childcare vouchers in line with your monthly pay. You can choose to receive paper vouchers at your correspondence address, or e-vouchers, which are by far the most popular choice and allow you to go online and make direct payments into your childcare provider’s bank account.

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay any Ofsted (or equivalent) registered childcare providers, which can include nurseries, childminders, nannies, play schemes, out-of-hours school clubs and holiday camps, as well as certain elements of Independent school fees.



Follow this link for the main Sodexo Website

Defence Discount Service- Defence Privilege Card Offers









Combat Stress - Confidential Helpline for Veterans, Serving Personnel and their Families

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum Spring Event- Aldershot- Thursday 16 March 2017

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Leeds United FC Stadium Tour

Sporting Force and Leeds United FC would like to invite WIS serving/ex serving military personnel for a Stadium Tour.

There will be presentations from Tommy Lowther CEO of Sporting Force and a member of the NSC Team with Leeds United FC to discuss job opportunities with the NCS.

Presentations will start at 1330hr followed by the Stadium Tour. Tea and Coffee will be available.

To be at the Stadium for around 1300hr.

If people would like to attend this event please ask them to copy and paste the link below

http://sportingforce.org/leeds-united/

Stadium Address

Elland Road Stadium,
Elland Road,
Leeds,
LS11 0ES

The Armed Forces Convenant Snapshot- Supporting Education for Children from Service Families in England






The Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly.  
Part of fair treatment is about making sure children of members of the Armed Forces receive the same standard of, and access to education as any other UK citizen in the area in which they live.

Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)- Need advice on schooling or considering sending your child to boarding school?

Children's Education Advisory Service-CEAS provides a dedicated service exclusively for service and MOD families providing professional advice about all aspect of children’s education both in the UK and Overseas.

CEAS has 13 full time advisors to answer queries via telephone, email or in person. CEAS provides the best advice available, free of charge, to all service parents irrespective of rank or location.

All 4 devolved areas in the UK have their own arrangements for providing and choosing the curriculum, and monitoring their education services. An overview of education service provision in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland has been provided with useful contact numbers and links.
If you choose for your child to be educated outside of the state system your family may be entitled to help with Continuity of Education fees. Overseas education is dependent on the area you are posted to.

Click HERE for further advice from CEAS

You can contact CEAS by email dcyp-ceas-enquiries@mod.uk , please include as much information as possible about your query, such as the age of your child(ren), an explanation of your situation to help the team respond to you and allow a few days for a response.

All queries regarding CEA and Eligibility Certificates should be made by email to the address above. If you need to speak to someone, the telephone number is 01980 618244 and there is an answerphone facility.

Combat Stress Magazine - Spring 2017



Click HERE to read

Soldier Magazine February 2017



To read click HERE

February Quest Magazine - Incorporating Courses 4 Forces


To read click HERE

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

30% Services Discount (Merlin Pass) For UK Attractions



Unleash your inner wizard with the Merlin Annual Pass, which is the key to 31 amazing new worlds that are packed full of adventure. For 12 spellbinding months there is definitely something for everyone, from thrill seeking adventures to a fun-loving family day out.

(For full list of UK attractions 
http://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk/attraction-map.aspx)


INCREASED DISCOUNT NOW SAVE 30%

Merlin Annual pass now available with a Defence Discount Service discount when calling 0871 222 4001 and quoting code MOD.


Standard Annual Pass price:individual - DDS price was £143.20 now £125.30
Standard Annual Pass price:family - DDS price £111.20 per person now £97.30

Premium Annual Pass price:individual - DDS price was £175.20 now £153.30
Premium Annual Pass price:family - DDS price was £143.20 per person now £125.30

For further information about this offer visit:www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

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: 
http://www.littletroopers.net/little-troopers-at-school/

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Information Support


In Debt? Get help now.



If you are struggling with debts, or you feel that, while you are currently on top of things, your situation is not sustainable and you will not be able to manage for much longer, the most important thing is to address the problem – ignoring your debts will not make them go away.


Formal Service action will only be taken in cases of persistent and irresponsible indebtedness. So it's better to seek help as soon as possible. Don't be embarrassed or ashamed to talk to your Chain of Command in the first instance. They will put you in contact with the relevant organisations that can help you.

If you prefer, you can also come in to the HIVE Information Office in the Community Centre.  All HIVE Information Officers are bound by a strict code of confidentiality, guaranteeing whatever information you disclose, will not be shared with others. You will be sign-posted to agencies that will be able to help you.

Follow this link, and get advice NOW!


Claim Child Benefit

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.
You may have to pay a tax charge if your or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000.
You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:

Armed Forces - Foreign & Commonwealth families CLICK HERE to check details of how to claim. Details can be found in the  What benefits can I claim? section.

Did you Know?


Visa Forms & Citizenship Prices


 

For the current list of visa's and prices Click Here

Applying for a UK visa? Click Here for the list of Approved Tests and Test providers.

 For further information about English Language Requirements, please Click Here

Civvy Street- February 2017 Edition








SLI365- Service Life Insurance



You can protect the future of your family from today until 2042 at a fixed price FOR THE WHOLE TERM. Perfect for safeguarding your mortgage and with a Government guarantee of payment for operational casualties. 

Service Life Insurance 365 was designed and introduced by MOD in 2007 to provide a robust, trustworthy solution for enduring Military Life Cover – when purely commercial operators declined to provide cover for Service Personnel facing the threat from war, weapons of mass destruction or terrorism. 

Exclusively available online, you can either pay your premium by Direct Debit from your bank – ideal if you intend to retain SLI365 as a civilian (through to age 65 if you wish) or through your pay account with Joint Personnel Administration ‘JPA’.
SLI365 can provide up to £200,000 lump sum benefit in the event of death or terminal illness - covering all peacetime risks such as traffic accidents and illness. Most importantly, because SLI365 is available under a contract with MoD, it guarantees protection for up to 25 years for any unforeseen operational risk. 

A summary of the benefits include:
* Cover on and off duty, 365 days a year
* Up to £200,000 lump sum benefit on death or diagnosis of terminal illness – covering all peacetime risks
* Quick application progress - acceptance a certainty – (18-45 year olds)
* No medical required
* Fixed premium 

For every policy taken out we make a donation to tri-service charity, The Not Forgotten Association (nfassociation.org) to support the great work they do in providing help for serving injured and veterans. 

So, have a look at a brochure available now from most local HIVEs or visit www.sli365.com where you can get a quote for your chosen term (anything between 5 and 25 years) and chosen benefit amount. If you would like more information, please visit our website www.sli365.com – or drop an email to sliteam@sli365.com to request a unit briefing from our ex-military manager. 

Coming soon: tips on writing your life insurance policy in trust . . . www.sli365.com 

West Sussex School Term Dates

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Go direct to the West Sussex County Council Website *HERE*

Hampshire Schools Term Dates


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Manage your Tax Credits

Use this service to:
  • tell the Tax Credit Office about changes to your circumstances, for example if you’ve moved house
  • find out how much and when you’ll be paid
See *here* for further details

Estimate Your Armed Forces Pension



If you’re currently serving in the armed forces....

Use the calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.

You can also download and fill in a pension forecast request (form 12).


The Armed Forces Pension and Annual Allowance Calculator (AFPAAC) which includes a projection of benefits from the new Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015 (AFPS 15). This calculator is designed to be used by Regular Service, MPGS and Reservist personnel including those with Transitional Protection.




Armed Forces- Register to Vote by 13 April 2017


Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended to 2018


With the news that the Forces Help to Buy scheme has been extended to 2018, comes the real promise of increased home ownership for members of our Armed Forces. This valuable scheme coupled with the Armed Forces Covenant has the potential to change lives for many families.

The Government backed Forces Help To Buy Scheme (FHTB) recognises the service given by the Armed Forces and is a practical demonstration of gratitude.

Civvy Street Magazine has published several useful articles to help you decide whether home ownership is right for you. For further information CLICK HERE

Supporting Service Pupils Moving Schools





Service children are subject to mobility as a result of their parents’ service and there is good evidence to show that this mobility can have an impact on their education. With this in mind, the Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) have put together a downloadable resource aimed at Service families, welfare staff as well as professionals within schools and local authorities. The aim is to share good practice and open people’s eyes to the opportunities and challenges that exist around Service children. Please click *here* to read the resource online and/or download.

Living in your SFA- Troubleshooting


Carillion Amey Contact Details

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Carillion Amey- The process for complaints about SFA services


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There are three stages for complaints:


Stage one:
This is where you contact us to let us know you are dissatisfied.  One of our customer care managers will contact you, introduce themselves, and give you a reference for your complaint. They will explain how the process works and keep you regularly updated on progress until the complaint is resolved.
If you are not satisfied with the way the complaint is being handled or you want to speak to someone more senior, you can speak to a senior manager at the Helpdesk or a director who will take the necessary action to resolve your complaint.
Stage two:
If your complaint has been formally closed at Stage one and you are not satisfied with the response, you can then escalate your complaint to the DIO Customer Services Team. You can do this in two ways:
Online - by completing the online stage 2 complaint form which is available on the MOD Intranet. For security reasons, you will need to be logged onto an MOD system to complete and submit the form. The form is available on the DIO Service Delivery Accommodation Homepage on the Intranet:
Letter - by writing to the Customer Service Team, DIO Service Delivery Accommodation, Ground Floor, Swales Pavilion,  RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2EA. Quoting the stage 1 complaint reference number - you should briefly set out your complaint, and why you are not satisfied with the Stage 1 response and what outcome you would like.
Stage three:
If you have completed stage two and you are still dissatisfied you can escalate your complaint to the Independent Housing Review Panel at the following address:
Independent Housing Review Panel
CD(P) Services and Veterans Welfare
Accommodation Policy C2
Ministry of Defence
Floor 6, Zone A
Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2HB
If you make a complaint, we will give you a reference number. Please take note of it. Our Customer Care Managers aim to contact you within one hour of a complaint being made.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Pathfinder Magazine February 2017

Welfare Communications Everywhere

Welfare Communications Everywhere, or WelComE, provides all UK service personnel deployed on ‘welfare-entitled’ deployments and exercises with publically funded calls, voicemail and internet access.
For any questions regarding the WelComE service, please contact the WelComE Customer Contact Centre (WCCC) for more information (open from Monday - Friday 06:00 to 22:00 (UK)) by emailing customer.support@mywelcome.co.uk