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, 30 September 2020

Ask a minister a question about coronavirus

Submit a question about coronavirus (COVID-19) to be put to a minister. If your question is chosen, the minister will answer it during an event broadcast to the public.

You must be 18 or over to submit a question.

Find out what support you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus


 

Royal British Legion - Teaching Remembrance

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Remembrance is a prescient time for bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, and to join together in the hope for a brighter, peaceful future.  

 

As the champions of Remembrance and the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity, The Royal British Legion brings the whole nation together on 11 November every year. A vital part of our work is to support the teaching of Remembrance across the UK, from schools to youth clubs to individuals who simply take an what we can learn from the wars of the past. 

 

Teaching Remembrance is key to understanding how modern diverse Britain was created and the shared heritage of service and sacrifice across all the UK’s communities. It also allows us to better comprehend what those who served, both on the front-line and at home, went through. The benefits of these lessons are vast, particularly for children and teenagers. 

 

Through our teaching materials, everyone can access and learn about the heritage and tradition of Remembrance. 

 

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Update to Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) for Service homes

The Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) will be updated on 1 October 2020 to bring CAAS charging in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in line with England by introducing a location assessment based on access to local services. This step has been included in policy for England since 2016 and means that all Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in the UK will be charged using the same measure. This will deliver a fairer application of the UK Location Factor to all SFA across the UK. For more information please visit the Combined Accommodation Assessment System: the new accommodation charging system explained page.

The CAAS for service family accommodation (SFA) is the method of setting charges in the UK and overseas and replaces the 4 Tier Grading (4TG) System (except Germany). CAAS is a fairer and less subjective system than the 4TG System, and ensures that charges for SFA are set in accordance with modern, nationally recognised standards (utilising the Department of Communities and Local Government Decent Homes Standard. Where charges increase there will be transitional protection that will set a maximum cap for the increase in any single year.​


 

Monday, 28 September 2020

Healthy Soldier Cookbook - Volume 2


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The British Army has launched the 'Healthy Soldier Cookbook' volume 2 in a bid to help troops embrace a better diet. 

CTP The Partner Career Support Programme

 

Find out more HERE
Click HERE to view FAQs



Supporting the Unsung Hero Autumn Newsletter

Click HERE to view newsletter

 

DIO - Are you experiencing problems with your boiler or heating?


Are you experiencing problems with your boiler or heating? This fact sheet will provide you with some self-help solutions that can sometimes help resolve several common boiler issues. If not, you can contact our friendly Customer Service team who are available anytime of the day or night.

 

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Winter Economy Plan

Additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.


 

NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app launches to help control coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.



 

Help for Heroes Announces Restructure to Protect Future of the Charity

 Help for Heroes

Read more HERE


Families Deployment Support Guide ed 4 Sept 2020


Click HERE or image to view
 


 

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

The National Memorial Arboretum Update

Due to COVID-19, we remain open to only pre-booked visitors for the foreseeable future.
Tickets can be booked on our website, where slots are released two weeks in advance. You can find lots of information to help plan your visit here: www.thenma.org.uk/

NHS Armed Forces Engagement Brief


 

DCYP Bites - Education Updates For Forces Families

 


The DCYP (Department for Children and Young People) has updated its series of policy bites for military families. To view these 1-page documents, please click the red links below:

30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement

Stationery Items

Universal Infant Free School Meals

Tax-Free Childcare

Term-Time Absence

Service Pupil Premium

Overseas Nursery Allowance

If you are trying to view these documents on a MODnet device and are unable to access them, please email lichfieldhive@armymail.mod.uk and copies can be emailed to you

Childcare to be exempt from interhousehold mixing


UK Govt COVID FAQ's updated: 22 September

                                                            

PM Commons statement on coronavirus: 22 September 2020


                         PM Commons statement on coronavirus: 22 September 2020

 

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Are you eligible for the free flu vaccine this year:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/



 

Update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the COVID-19 alert level


 A joint statement from the UK CMOs recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 3 to level 4.
Click HERE to read.

New Package to Support and Enforce Self Isolation

 

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If you are asked to self-isolate you must stay at home 

to protect others. There will be financial support availablefor those 

who cannot work from home 

 

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Monday, 21 September 2020

The NAAFI Fund


 The NAAFI Fund: awarding grants of up to £20,000 to improve quality of life on Armed Forces bases, stations and units for serving personnel and their families

The Fund will run for a minimum of 10 years and will be run as a rolling programme. Full guidance is available at www.covenantfund.org.uk or by clicking on the image .

The NAAFI Fund will fund projects that enhance welfare and improve quality of life for serving personnel and their families living on or near Armed Forces bases. In the first year of the NAAFI Fund, applications are being encouraged for projects or activities that help to bring people together on the unit and help reduce boredom or isolation.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Partner Career Support Programme






Find out more HERE
Click HERE to view FAQs


 

Thursday, 17 September 2020

DVLA - Can I drive while my application is with DVLA?


 A guide to the rules for driving while waiting for your licence.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not go to A&E to request a test.


If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not go to A&E to request a test.


 

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Only get a test if you have Coronavirus symptoms

 


Only get a test if you have #coronavirus symptoms.

This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

Find out if you are eligible: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Monday, 14 September 2020

Lifeworks Autumn Newsletter

Click HERE to read

 

AWS - Virtual Activities every Thursday


 

NHS Armed Forces Brief 11th September

 


To view the full document, click HERE

Gas Safety Week


All landlords, including the MOD, have a duty to check gas  

appliances every 12 months. This short film provides reassurances  

that Amey’s essential visits are carried out inline with HSE Covid-19 safety guidelines. 

www.ameydefenceservices.co.uk/housing/advice-support/



 

NHS COVID19 APP


 

Gov.UK new rule of six

Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus
Rule applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse gatherings of over six people and fine individuals involved.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Latest Gov.UK Travel Advice


www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel 

Recruit For Spouses - Can They Help You?



If you aren't sure of your next professional steps, need a job, fancy a change of direction, or looking to up-skill, Recruit For Spouses can help.

Please click HERE for more information 

Venues Required by Law to Record Contact Details Starting Friday 18th September

  
From Friday 18 September, certain businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace.

From this date, premises and venues across England where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues (i.e. pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas) must have a system in place by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff, which must be kept for 21 days.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-by-law-to-record-contact-details

Portugal, Hungary, French Polynesia and RĂ©union To Be Removed From Travel Corridors List




People arriving in England from these destinations from 4am Saturday 12 September 2020 will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click Here for further information.

 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Little Troopers Publishes Final Two Books in its Tri-Service Story Series



Click here for further information.

TogetherAll - for Veterans


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TogetherAll - For Service Personnel And Their Families


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Reading Force: Teaching Teachers about Forces Children


The Director of Reading Force:

https://www.rcet.org.uk/teaching-teachers-about-forces-children/

For those of you with Forces children, or perhaps who were Forces children yourselves, this may be particularly relevant. I am speaking at their conference later on this month.​

Reading Force Research Associate Scheme



New initiative: Reading Force Research Associate Scheme. This arose from a posse of students who had been Reading Force children – and still wanted to remain involved. We see this as a way of developing individuals, and particularly young people, who want to get involved, and offering mentoring and support in return. The experience will hopefully develop them and give them material for their CV. If you would like to suggest that a young person is part of this, do please pass on the invitation – and see the attached HERE.​

Reading Force - A Questionnaire for Teenagers



Reading Force is developing a version for teenagers. They have established a questionnaire, and this has just been given ethics approval by Kingston University (where the RF Director is Professor of Publishing). Do please pass on this link to any teenagers you know of and ask them to take part. The questionnaire does explain the project and provides pictures of Reading Force's existing materials, to jog the memory. A link to the questionnaire is here:
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y7HZYQ5

Reading Force - COVID19 And Beyond Update

 


Greetings all,

We have already sent a couple of updates to tell you what has been happening to Reading Force during lockdown. So now, as restrictions are being slightly eased, here is our latest news.

How COVID-19 has impacted Forces families

It’s now clear the pandemic has been a significant additional burden for Forces families. Covid-19-related duties (e.g. helping build Nightingale Centres, establishing mobile testing centres, delivering supplies to outlying regions) have been added to existing duties and many deployments have been extended. And with both pre- and post-tour isolation, Forces families face ongoing uncertainty:

‘My husband has been on a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan since last October. Since the Covid-19 crisis, I have been solo parenting, and we still do not have a confirmation date for when he is coming home. These are anxious times.’ DM
There are of course so many essential workers who are rightly celebrated for their role in the pandemic, but we hope the part played by our Forces will not be forgot

READ MORE

Reading Force - Article In RAF's Envoy Autumn 2020 Edition





The Partner Career Support Programme




The CTP are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new Partner Career Support Programme – providing exemplary career support to spouses and partners of members of the UK Armed Forces.

Please click HERE for more information

Gov.UK COVID Update

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.



From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.