Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Early Years Groups/Parents Groups-Waterside





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Please note. Details of these groups may change at any time.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Armed Forces Convenant Snapshot- Supporting Education for Children from Service Families in England





The Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly.  
Part of fair treatment is about making sure children of members of the Armed Forces receive the same standard of, and access to education as any other UK citizen in the area in which they live.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February Quest Magazine - Incorporating Courses 4 Forces




Claim Child Benefit

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.
You may have to pay a tax charge if your or your partner’s individual income is over £50,000.
You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form because:

Armed Forces - Foreign & Commonwealth families CLICK HERE to check details of how to claim. Details can be found in the  What benefits can I claim? section.

Manage your Tax Credits

Use this service to:
  • tell the Tax Credit Office about changes to your circumstances, for example if you’ve moved house
  • find out how much and when you’ll be paid

Apply online for a UK passport

You can apply for, renew, replace or update your passport and pay for it online.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.
It should take 6 weeks to get your first adult passport once your form has been received. For all other application types, it should take 3 weeks.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
You should use a different service if you need your passport urgently.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport - doing so is at your own risk.

Monday, 6 February 2017

E-bluey cessation announcement


e-bluey Cessation Announcement:


The Ministry of Defence has announced that we are ending the e-bluey service on 31 March 2017.

Since the draw down from Afghanistan in 2014, the e-bluey service has become less popular as a way for service personnel to keep in touch. The number of downloads per month has dramatically decreased from 100,000 to less than 3,000 downloads per month.
With the ever-growing use of Wi-Fi and mobile data-based technology for keeping in touch, personnel are finding new ways to speak to their family and loved ones.

We want to make sure that we provide the best possible support to our personnel at the best possible value for money for the UK taxpayer. TheMOD is reinvesting the funds used for the e-bluey service into innovative and modern ways of communicating that will be more relevant to the needs and expectations of a larger number of service personnel.

Letter and parcel services for service personnel and their families will remain unaffected.

The MOD takes the welfare of our armed forces extremely seriously and we remain committed to ensuring that those deployed on operations are able to keep in touch with their families and friends. Loved ones will still be able to send hand-written letters free of charge via a Forces Free Air Letter (FFAL) if they are deployed on an operation.

BFPO provides a range of postal and courier services in support of the UK armed forces and their dependants wherever they are in the world and will continue to do so.