Friday, 27 May 2016

SFA Public Accounts Committee

SFA Public Accounts Committee

Scope of the inquiry
The Public Accounts Committee session will focus on three areas: the state of Service Family Accommodation, the introduction of the new Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) and the introduction of the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) and how the Department is managing CarillionAmey's performance against them.
 The session will include a background of the provision of Service Family Accommodation for the military (including key recent developments), the amount invested by the Government in Service Family Accommodation, the current state of Service Family Accommodation and the proportion of the homes in which people are living which meet the Decent Homes Standard. The Public Accounts Committee will also be looking at the proportion of Service Families satisfied with their accommodation.
As part of the inquiry, the Committee will look at Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) banding and any impacts relating to the changes in rent and the performance of the provider in relation to the Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC).
 If you wish to submit evidence to this inquiry, please do so through the page linked below. The deadline for written submissions is midday on Tuesday 31 May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Useful Financial Services And Help To Owning Your Own Home

JSHAO - Joint service housing advice office
The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life. 

Forces Help to buy
The government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help hard-working people like you take steps to buy your own home. The new Help to Buy: ISA pays first-time buyers a government bonus. For example, save £200 a month and we’ll add £50, up to a maximum of £3,000, boosting your ISA savings of £12,000 to £15,000.  

Forces Financial
Free financial advice to members of the Armed Forces;  from helping over 1000 families in 2015 to complete on their mortgages, to helping hundreds of members of the Forces and their families to manage money worries with free debt advice. 

SIIAP – Services insurance investment advisory panel
Provides specialist insurance and financial advice to member of the Armed Forces 

Money Force  

Money Advice Service 

Check you credit rating 

Huggable Heroes

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Oxfordshire County Council need YOUR help if you have a child with SEN or a disability!

Oxfordshire County Council need your help if you have a child with SEN or a disability. 

Oxfordshire County Council will be recommissioning services for disabled children from April 2017 to include community short breaks (holiday playschemes, after- school activities and youth groups) and short break overnights (respite) at Viking House and Sycamore.

"We would like your views on what is important to you so that we can provide the services that most meet the needs of disabled children and young people and their families across Oxfordshire."
To have your say, please click on the link below. Please respond by 9th June 2016.

Electrical items lost their spark? Cherwell ?District Council will take them away for FREE!

CDC will collect and recycle your unwanted or broken small electrical items for free.

If it fits in a standard size carrier bag such as kettles, toasters and hairdryers. Just put in a carrier bag and place on top of any colour bin on collection day for the crews to take away.


For more information on recycling visit

Monday, 16 May 2016

Resettlement Services - Pathfinder Directory 2016

Click HERE to read

Veterans Answer A Tough Question: What Do You Wish You Had Known Before Your Military Transition? - Linkedin article

This is an American article, however some good points are raised which may be of interest to UK transitioning soldiers. 

Citizens Advice - The Charity for your Community

The Money Advice Service - How To Get More Value From Your Weekly Shop

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How to get more value
from your weekly shop

Are you concerned that the special offers you find on your weekly shop are not so special? Take a look at this episode of Rip Off Britain, featuring Andy Webb from Money Advice Service, to discover the truth about the savings you think you're making at the supermarket. You'll also learn some money saving tips.
Save a fridge load on food
Taking takeaways off the menu and switching to supermarket brands are just two of the ways you could save on food. Take a look at these 6 tips for cutting costs at mealtime.
In debt? Then it's time to talk
When Jane fell into debt she discovered that talking about her situation with a debt advisor helped her get back on track. Read her story and contact a debt advisor for free.
How to handle your
credit card
If you take out a credit card with a 0% interest introductory offer and forget about it, it could just be the start of your problems. How should you manage your credit card?
Do your house numbers
add up?
Whether you're a first-time buyer or a home owner, our home-buying calculators can help you work out what you can afford. After all it's probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make.
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Keeping Families & Personnel Safe On Social Media

You can never be too careful:

Social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and letting the world know what you’re up to. The ‘Online engagement guidelines’ make it clear that we encourage the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.

This page contains guidance on how to stay safe and to think about what you post online. Remember, that there may be those who use such sites for unsavoury reasons.
Be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member of the military or an MOD civilian.

There is a short guide to appropriate social media behaviour for defence personnel.
You can also download the Personal security online (PDF, 1.55MB, 11 pages) file which contains some more detailed guidance.

There are video clips and lots more information on the GOV.UK website.

The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre - Get involved!

To find out more please follow this link

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Victory Services Club - NEW Website

The VSC has launched a new website - see more at this link

 Annual Fee: Free
This membership is for serving personnel. 
 Partners are welcome to join after the serving partner has joined.

This includes:
Regular and Reserve serving personnel of any rank in the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force

Regular and Reserve serving personnel of any rank in any current NATO countries’ or Commonwealth countries’ Army, Navy or Air Force

Current Adult Instructors in the UK’s Sea, Army or Air Cadet Organisations

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) 2016.

Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) 2016.

On 8 Feb 2016 Army Headquarters distributed the FAMCAS to 12,565 personnel Army-wide for completion by their spouses/civil partners. If, as a serving personnel, you have received a survey by post or by email, please ensure that it is passed to your spouse/civil partner soon as possible and encourage them to complete it. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be seen by the Army and are subsequently destroyed by the contractor who gathers the information.

So far, 23% of invited spouses/civil partners have expressed their views about being part of an Army family. Thank you to those personnel who have passed on the survey and the spouses/civil partners who have completed FAMCAS. 

However, more responses are required.  The evidence provided by this survey is made even more compelling if greater numbers reply.  This is an opportunity for spouses/civil partners to have their say.  

The opinions of spouses/civil partners are highly valued and help to influence government policy and your terms and conditions of Service. The survey closes on 3 May 16.  Please send your responses in as soon as possible.