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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Cheddar Gorge & Caves - Armed Forces Offer

  • Valid on Adult and Child Cheddar Explorer Tickets in one transaction only.
  • Valid for redemption at Cheddar Gorge on the opening dates and times as specified on the website.
  • It is the serving Armed Forces person, the dependant family members, veterans or bereaved family members, with official ID cards, who are entitled to these discounted rates and therefore must be present at Cheddar Gorge & Caves when redeeming this offer. Any other persons who purchase tickets through this hidden page but visits without an Armed Forces, veteran, dependant, or bereaved family ID card will be charged standard prices (DDS Cards accepted).
For full details of prices/bookings and offer T&Cs please click HERE

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Longleat - Armed Forces One Day Ticket offer

Purchase Longleat day tickets online and receive a generous discount on standard prices. Available for members of the Army, Navy and RAF, including veterans
You must present a valid ID card or veteran’s card on arrival to validate this offer.

Click here for opening dates and times

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Defence Secretary extends housing offer to veterans

Service leavers and their families will be now be able to access military accommodation for up to a year after they hang up their uniform, giving them more time to look for permanent accommodation as they transition back to civilian life.
Current Service Family Accommodation (SFA) rules, which allow personnel who have left the Armed Forces to stay in military housing for six months, will be extended to 12 months where availability of accommodation allows.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Having a place to call home is an important part of the return to civilian life, but there can sometimes be a lot to think about when hanging up your uniform for the last time.
“By extending the service family offer we hope to give families more time to make the transition that much easier. This is another example of how we continue to support the brave men and women who have served our country.”
The Government already offers a comprehensive package of housing support to both veterans and service personnel transitioning back into civilian life, including:
  • The Joint Service Housing Advice Office, which provides housing advice to all personnel and veterans. Veterans with concerns around housing are supported by MOD’s Veterans UK agency helpline and by the Veterans Welfare Service.
  • Under the Armed Forces Covenant, veterans have high priority access to social housing and a five year exemption from proving a local connection to quality for social housing.
  • The Forces Help to Buy Scheme allows Service personnel to borrow up to 50% of their gross annual salary (maximum of £25K) to buy their first home.
  • Under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, MOD has a “Duty to Refer” personnel leaving the services who are at risk of homelessness to a local housing authority in the UK.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
“Behind every person who has served in the Armed Forces is a family, a unit that has been with them every step of the way.
“We must make sure that their needs are looked after which is why I am proud to support the new family accommodation extension, which will give families more time to make the transition back to civilian life.”
Today’s announcement builds on the huge package of cross-government employment, healthcare and education support available to ex-service personnel to help them and their families transition to civilian life.
The MOD also sub-lets some surplus vacant houses to the general public to generate income through short term lets on the private market. The properties are rented at market rates and are available at 60 sites.

HM Forces Railcard Information

The HM Forces Railcard costs £21 and it'll save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. That works out to under £2 a month for huge savings. You're eligible if you're a member of the Regular Forces or Volunteer Reserves or a spouse/civil partner of a member, for more details see eligibility.
There are plenty of ways you can use your Railcard, for both long and short trips. Better still you can use it anytime on weekends, Public Holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel before 10am Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare will apply. For more details see minimum fares.
Your HM Forces Railcard will save you 1/3 on many tickets. As with most things in life, there are some exceptions, so take a look at the ticket types you can and can't make savings on with your HM Forces Railcard.
Please note that the railcard can only be used for non-duty (leisure) travel only. Commuting between home and place of duty, work or education is not available.
Please also see the full Terms and Conditions.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Veterans ID Card

MOD has been developing an ID card which will enable Veterans to provide instant verification of service to the public and charitable sector.

The ID card is being launched in two phases:

Phase 1: The Veterans ID Card will be provided to all Service leavers discharged from 18 February 2019 and retrospectively to those who left on and after 17 December 2018.

Phase 2: Applications will be made available to all Veterans before the end of 2019. Information on how to apply will be released closer to the launch date

Please find attached a brief that with more information regarding the ID card and an image of the prototype card.
Click HERE for full details