Tuesday, 25 April 2017

WELCOME TO EDINBURGH


Pick up the new edition in the HIVE


MOODZ DISCOUNT


Moodz are offering a 15% discount on all services to military personnel and their immediate families.  The offer is available Tuesday - Friday inclusive.  Contact the HIVE for discount code.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

DIO SERVICE DELIVERY ACCOMMODATION SERVICE FAMILY ACCOMMODATION - COMPENSATION SCHEME

The MOD and its Industry Partners (IPs) aim to provide the highest possible standard of service to those entitled Service personnel and their families who live in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA). On occasion when those standards are not met in two specific activities, MOD will now recognise this by paying compensation, through High Street vouchers only, to offset any inconvenience caused.

The new SFA Compensation Scheme will cover:

• Missed appointment; and

• Significant defect(s) at Move-In. 2. The effective date of the scheme is 1 April 2017; no claims for compensation for events prior to that date will be considered.

Read more

ARMED FORCES BEREAVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME


BROADBAND CANCELLATION FEES FOR SERVICE 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.

CHILDCARE TAX OPTIONS


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Education in Scotland - An Introductory Guide for Service Families



​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.  The document can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service#education-in-scotland

Information for Service Leavers - Transition Information Sheet 10

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL DOCUMENT

Free Training and Job Placement Programme - Amazon Web Services


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.