This Army HIVE is open for visitors. An appointment system is in place so before your visit please email or phone the HIVE to book one. Please also ensure that ‘Hands, Face, Space’ is adhered to within the HIVE building and office to protect all visitors and staff. Alternatively our staff are available to answer your queries by email and telephone during the advertised office hours.

If you want to ensure that you receive the very latest information including official Army policy and guidance plus local insights, please contact the HIVE to be added to our distribution list for regular email updates. We abide by the Data Protection Act and you can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time.

Please also see HIVE’s other social media platforms: www.facebook.com/ArmyHIVE and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Secretary of State's Christmas Letter to Service Families



RAF Guides to living in Scotland and Wales

The RAF Families Federation have produced guides for personnel moving to Scotland and Wales. Although aimed at RAF personnel, there's some excellent information in these guides which will be relevant to all personnel.  The guides are at the following links:

Scotlandhttps://www.raf-ff.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Scottish-Briefing-Note.pdf

Waleshttps://www.raf-ff.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/20190702-Briefing-note-What-its-like-to-be-an-RAF-family-in-Wales-REVISED7.pdf

Monday, 9 December 2019

Service Puil Premium - eligibility check

SPP was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. SPP enables schools to provide extra, mainly pastoral support for children with parents in the regular Armed Forces. SPP is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children. The amount is £300 per child in classes Reception to Year 11.

Who is eligible?
Children of regular Service personnel (PStat Cat 1 and 2 only) who have been recorded as Service children on any January census since 2015 in state schools, free schools and academies in England in years reception to year 11 are eligible for SPP.

Schools can claim SPP for children of regular Service Personnel, for those who have had a Service parent who has died in Service as well as those who have left including through injury for up to a maximum of six years or up to the end of year 11 (whichever comes first).
If a child is not recorded as a Service child whilst the parent is serving, and the Service person has left the Services, schools will not be able to claim SPP.
If a child is home educated, parents agree to take on the financial responsibility and therefore are not eligible for SPP.

Deadline for recording Service children on the next January census is 16 January 2020. Parents are encouraged to inform their child/ren’s school of their Service status ahead of this date to ensure the school can secure SPP funding.


Link to SPP DIN for those able to access MODNET: 2019DIN01-120 SPP

Contact: SO2 Policy, DCYP – DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk


Thursday, 21 November 2019

Friday, 1 November 2019

RBL Housing Guides

The RBL have produced some really useful housing guides for local authorities, who some service personnel will turn to when trying to secure housing after leaving the service.  Although aimed at ‘front line’ housing staff, the guides are also useful for service personnel who are coming up to leaving the service and need housing. 

The guides are at  this link.​

Defence Holistic Transition Policy.

The MOD published a new policy (JSP 100) and launched a new organisation ‘Defence Transition Services’ simultaneously on 28 October 2019, to provide an additional layer of support for Service Personnel in their through-Service preparations for, and during, their transition into civilian life at the end of their Service, however long or short that may be.
The aim of JSP 100 policy is twofold:
 a.         To ensure that every Service leaver has fully considered all relevant aspects of their departure from the Armed Forces, and (if appropriate) the effect of that departure on their family; and has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that their short-term and long-term transition is as successful as possible.  This may also have the added effect of deterring some intended leavers from doing so, once they consider the scale of the difference between civilian and military lifestyles.
 b.         To ensure that the minority of Service leavers who may, for whatever reason, be less likely to make a successful transition beyond the question of employment (which is already addressed through Defence resettlement policy (JSP 534) and the Career Transition Partnership), receive appropriate support up to and beyond the moment of leaving the Armed Forces.  This support will be provided by the Chain of Command up to the moment of departure, and by the central Defence Transition Services team of dedicated caseworkers once they have formally left the Armed Forces.  Defence Transition Services will also be responsible for providing connections to external support from other Government departments and public bodies, and from trusted charities.  
JSP 100 forms the foundational document for Defence Transition Services delivery, with its processes designed to deliver the JSP’s target outcomes of successful transition for every Service leaver.  DIN 2019DIN01-145 also refers, copies should be available through Units or contact HIVE.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Forces Help to Buy Scheme - Extended to 2022

https://www.forces.net/news/forces-help-buy-military-housing-scheme-extended

The Forces Help To Buy scheme was due to end in December 2019.

A Government scheme to help military personnel get on the property ladder has been extended until the end of 2022.
The Forces Help to Buy scheme has lent more than £280 million to more than 18,000 Armed Forces applicants since its introduction in 2014, according to the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
The scheme allows military personnel to borrow an interest-free deposit of up to half their annual salary, but is only accessible to regular serving personnel.
The loan, which has to be repaid over a 10 year period, is capped at £25,000.
It can be used towards buying a home, building an extension or moving to another property because of work or "as their needs change".
It can also be used to cover other costs including solicitor and estate agents' fees

Thursday, 17 October 2019

A Guide to School Admission in England for Service Children

A Guide to School Admissions for Service Children in England. Hampshire County Council has produced a really useful video clip sharing advice for UK service families on the school admissions process.
Click HERE to view the video clip

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Employing Female Service Leavers

The Forces in Mind Trust recently commissioned a study into employment of female service leavers.  It makes a number of observations which will be of interest to female service personnel who are in the process of leaving the service and looking for jobs.
Click ​HERE for more information


2020 Service Pupil Premium

The latest Service Pupil Premium (SPP) deadline is the Spring school Census 16 January 2020.  Further information for Service Parents in England is on the attached poster.
Service parents with children in reception class to year 11 at state schools, free schools and academies in England are reminded to make schools aware of their Service status. Only children recorded as Service children on a Spring census (run in January each year) since 2015 will qualify. Schools record Service children by ticking the Service pupil flag and will then receive £300.00 per Service child as part of their usual funding allocations from the Department of Education. Children have to be recorded ahead of the 16 January 2020 deadline.​
Click HERE for more information

Monday, 14 October 2019

The Forces Families Jobs Site

Click HERE for more information

Friday, 4 October 2019

What HIVE can do for YOU!!

LICHFIELD HIVE
T: 01543 434362
E: lichfieldhive@armymail.mod.uk

Friday, 20 September 2019

Information for Service Leavers – Wales

Information for Service Leavers – Wales


The Welsh government has published a number of documents about support available to veterans in Wales. Please see links below.


Housing pathway – information on housing options and support in Wales for Service leavers and veterans https://gov.wales/national-housing-pathway-veterans-armed-forces


Employment pathway – Employment options and support for Service leavers, veterans, families https://gov.wales/employment-support-help-armed-forces-leavers-and-veterans


Employment Toolkit – For Businesses / employers https://gov.wales/employing-armed-forces-veterans-and-reservists-guide-employers

Are You A Service Leaver Or A Veteran? Looking For A Career In The Building Trades?

Friday, 9 August 2019

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Childcare for service children - 30 hours free childcare

You may be eligible to access 15 to 30 hours free childcare in England and overseas. To find out more about your eligibility and similar schemes in the UK, please visit here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childcare-for-service-children

Defence Discount Service - 25% Bella Italia offer

Enjoy tucking into some traditional Italian cuisine? 🇮🇹🍕🥗

Bella Italia are now offering Defence Discount Service members 25% OFF the entire bill!!

Why not treat yourself or a loved one to their fresh and delicious menu including calamari, pasta, traditional lasagne, variety of pizzas and lots more!! 

Visit website for more details: https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/offerdetails.php?cid=3263&oid=4044

Friday, 26 July 2019

Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a public call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases concerning domestic abuse and other serious offences.


The panel is particularly keen to receive evidence of any harm caused to children and/or parents during or following private law children proceedings, where there are allegations and/or evidence of domestic abuse or of other crimes creating a risk of harm to children or parents.


The aim is to better protect vulnerable parties in their journey through the courts and build a more detailed understanding of any harm caused during or following proceedings in these cases.


The consultation closes on 26 August 2019.


For more information please see: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/assessing-harm-private-family-law-proceedings

Consultation on Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation that aims to strengthen the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) – a statutory document which sets out the minimum level of service victims can expect from criminal justice agencies, including the police and courts.

Under the code, all victims of crime – whether they choose to report it or not – are entitled to a range of support and information to help them cope and as far as possible recover from its effects. However, victims and groups representing them felt that the code’s complexity and inconsistencies in the way it is applied across the country mean that some victims are missing out on the support they are entitled to.

For example, in recent years only 15% of victims said they were given the opportunity by police to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS), despite it being one of the Code’s key entitlements. In addition, 69% of victims choose not to report their allegations, and so may not be aware of their rights under the Victims’ Code.

Ministers are therefore seeking views from victims, charities, criminal justice agencies and anyone with an interest in the issue on how best to raise awareness, as well as making the Code clear and accessible so that it better meets victims’ needs.

The consultation runs until 11th September.
For more information see: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/proposed-changes-to-the-victims-code/

Friday, 19 July 2019

Transition IPPD Newsletter issue 17

Click HERE to view or download this newsletter

Monday, 15 July 2019

Service Family Hot Topics - Accommodation Support



Financial Resilience - a reminder of sources of support

Financial resilience: there are various support measures that are currently in place for Service Personnel. Summarised as follows: 

Money Force provides education and help to Service Personnel struggling with financial debt.

Credit Unions:


  •  Access to ‘payroll deduction’ system, enabling personnel to save with, and pay off loans from, specific credit unions. Payments are direct from salary or pension at source.
  • *Details in MOD internal document 2016DIN08-005 (Plane Saver Credit Union, London Mutual Credit Union, Police Credit Union).
  •  Pay Day loans.
  •  London Mutual (not for profit) offer a maximum of 3 months and up to £400 at an APR of 42.6% (=£24.35 in interest)
  • * PlaneSaver offer Pay Day loans of £1000 over 12 months at an APR of 26.8%.
  • * Compare to other lenders such as Quick Quid, who offer an APR of 1,294%.
  • * The Credit Union also offers longer term loans at a lower APR for larger amounts - i.e £15k at 5.9% APR – repayment direct from salary.


SIIAP is an organisation which regulates Independent Financial Advisors, specialising in providing services to members of HM Forces – all of which are FCA approved.

Please contact your local HIVE if you require further information

Army Engagement Group


Service Personnel and commercial disadvantage - please take the survey

The Armed Forces Covenant recognises that Service Personnel, Veterans and their families can have more difficulty accessing commercial products and services than other citizens, we call this commercial disadvantage.
The Armed Forces Covenant team is working closely with organisations that provide commercial products and services to identify and remove this disadvantage.
Please complete this SURVEY to help us to understand better the experiences of the armed forces community.

Armed Forces Covenant Video

A video has been released 'Did you know how the Armed Forces Covenant supports you?'

E-resource: Adjusting to life outside the Armed Forces

 Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership launches innovative e-learning programme aimed at those leaving or who have left the Armed Forces (Service Leavers and Veterans)
Warwickshire County Council, on behalf of the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant partnership has launched an innovative e-learning resource for those who are leaving or have recently left the Armed Forces and their families.
This training programme has been designed to support those leaving or who have left the Armed Forces and helps in the process of adjusting to life outside of the Armed Forces. It addresses issues that are commonly experienced within the transition and adjustment process such as acquiring accommodation, employment, health as well as personal and family adjustment. It also raises awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant and the support that exists for veterans and their families.
These free and specially designed modules were created by the Armed Forces Covenant Team within the Warwickshire County Council, in collaboration with ex-serving personnel, Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations and organisations within the local partnership. The work was majority funded by WCC with additional funds coming from the MOD Covenant Fund.

The e-learning is available at https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/learning/adjusting-to-life-outside-the-armed-forces/#/ From here individuals will be able to work through different aspects of the module such as Housing, Employment, Adjusting etc .
Background: The Covenant Fund was launched in 2015 and is an annual £10 million fund from the MOD to support the Armed Forces community. On 1 Apr 18 this moved to be an independent trust; the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund. The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund has 4 broad funding themes, which are:
* removing barriers to family life;
* extra support after service for those that need help;
* measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the Armed Forces community to participate as citizens;
* and non-core healthcare services for veterans.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Information

Click HERE for all the latest information on FAM, including trial dates.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

New Guide from CEAS

A helpful guide from CEAS. Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is part of DCYP and are a small team who provide information and advice to service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children. This includes schools admissions, SEND provision, Continuity of Education Allowance and boarding schools, overseas education. This leaflet has useful contacts, what CEAS can help with and top tips...

Click HERE  to view/download the guide

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Launch of First Defence Finance





Plane Saver Credit Union strengthens ties with Armed Forces community

Plane Saver Credit Union, a member of the Joining Forces partnership, is delighted to announce the launch of First Defence Finance, a new brand targeting serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families.

As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, which was established in 2015 by the Ministry of Defence to address concerns about rising levels of debt among Armed Forces personnel, First Defence Finance will offer credit union services such as flexible savings and ethical loans to serving personnel, veterans and their family members.

The partnership comprises three credit unions¹, including Plane Saver Credit Union which has already helped 3,000 serving personnel save over £1 million and borrow £9 million since 2015. The Credit Union also launched a special Payday Payoff loan last year to help service personnel pay off high interest rate payday loans. As a Silver Covenant holder, the credit union also donated £5,000 to The Royal British Legion, in December to support of the charity’s life-changing work.

With the launch of First Defence Finance, the credit union aims to help even more members of the Armed Forces increase their financial resilience while making the cost of borrowing more affordable and accessible.

Valerie Walwyn, Plane Saver Credit Union’s Chief Executive Officer, who is also a veteran explained “As Armed Forces Personnel are a growing area of our membership, we thought it only right to represent this group through the launch of our own military brand”.

Ms Walwyn added “The First Defence Finance brand symbolises our ongoing commitment to serve members of the Armed Forces. It is our mission to help those who are financially excluded by simplifying savings and offering ethical loans. The Credit Union won the MoneyAge Ethical Lender of the Year award in 2018. The launch of this new brand allows us to expand our range of products designed specifically for military personnel”.

Noting that the credit union is committed to helping members of the Armed Forces feel more in control of their money, and therefore achieve financial security, Ms Walwyn said “First Defence Finance will be technology driven and a new website www.firstdefencefinance.co.uk will be introduced”.


1         The three credit unions that comprise the Joining Forces partnership are London Mutual Credit Union, Plane Saver Credit Union and Police Credit Union.






 

Army Football Association Referee courses

Army Football Association are offering Referee courses for the coming season 2019/2020.
The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.
As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.
If this is of some interest to you, please see the poster attached for further details

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

AFC Telford project questionnaire

Click HERE to view and/or complete questionnaire.

Buckingham Palace - Complimentary Standard Admission

Complimentary standard admission to Buckingham Palace is offered to MOD90 and Defence Discount Service card holders and includes up to 4 guests. There are strict terms and conditions regarding this offer, so please ensure you read these very carefully in advance of your visit.

HOW TO CLAIM

Show your Defence Privilege Card or MOD90

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Armed Forces travel free on Metrolink information

Members of the Armed Forces are now able to travel for free on Metrolink out-of-uniform after Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) reaffirmed its Armed Forces Covenant.
Regular or reserve members will be able to travel for free after 9.30am Monday to Friday all year round, including all day on weekends and Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day, as long as they carry their military identification card.
There is no need to purchase a ticket, all you need to do is produce your Military ID card to an inspector if requested. 
Veterans carrying their veterans badge or military identification, will also be able to travel for free all day on Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day. Cadets travelling in uniform will also be able to travel for free on those days.
This agreement improved the previous offer which enabled members of the Armed Forces to travel for free as long as they were wearing their uniform.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Gambling - Transition Information Sheet number 14

Click HERE to view/download the Information Sheet

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Friday, 5 April 2019

Future Accommodation Model (FAM): Update for all personnel



What is the FAM pilot? A pilot is being developed to help us understand how personnel will choose to live in the future and how we can improve FAM. It is a chance for Ministry of Defence to test the policy and the way it is delivered before a decision is made about whether to roll out FAM across the UK.

Where and when? Confirmed pilot sites are HMNB Clyde (starting from 30 September 2019), Aldershot Garrison (starting from 31 January 2020) and RAF Wittering (starting from 31 May 2020).

What if I am assigned to a pilot site? We will keep you updated and ensure information becomes available as the pilot is developed. You can find out more on the FAM Gov.uk website and the full JSP will be available in summer 2019.

Universal Credit


Many people within the Armed Forces Community have been effected by the changes to Welfare credits/benefits the introduction of universal credit and other changes. The attached document gives brief details but more importantly links to help the pathway through changes. Please pass to anyone who you feel could benefit from this information. The newsletter, whilst produced by West Mercia, is applicable to all

Monday, 1 April 2019

Home-Start provides confidential independent family support

A service for all families including those within the Armed Forces because childhood can’t wait…

What can you expect from Home-Start?
There are hundreds of reasons why families find life difficult. Last year, local Home-Start volunteers helped more than 600 armed forces families just like yours in the UK, Germany and Cyprus.

Find out if Home-Start is in your area, please telephone our team:
0116 464 5450 www.home-start.org.uk
Home-Start UK: The Crescent, King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RX. Charity no. in England and Wales 1108837 and in Scotland SC039172