Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bear Grylls Survival Race.

FEAR NAUGHT - take on the toughest event going for Scotty's Little Soldiers.

We have FREE charity places available (subject to raising min sponsorship) at a host of challenge events such as the Bear Grylls Survival Race.

Do you have what it takes? Find out more at http://scottychallenges.co.uk/

CarillionAmey - Your Guide to a Successful Move

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Monday, 27 July 2015

How Will my SFA be assessed under CAAS - Latest Updates

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

SSAFA - Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families


We are SSAFA. We provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they need us. If you need a helping hand, get in touch.

Click HERE for more information

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

beSpoke Hair & Beauty Lichfield - 15% Military Discount*

When claiming military discount please bring valid I.d with you.
*T&Cs APPLY

Click HERE for full details of beSpoke Hair and Beauty

Friday, 17 July 2015

Childcare New Business Grants Scheme

Childcare Business picture of childrenGrants Scheme

The Childcare New Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It will encourage and support the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant of:

• £500 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day);

• £1000 for new childminding businesses, as above, that will provide care for disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business as a result of this);

• £1000 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

NOTE: THESE GRANTS ARE TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW CHILDCARE BUSINESSES.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN RUNNING A CHILDCARE BUSINESS OF ANY SORT FOR LONGER THAN 12 MONTHS, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT, EVEN IF YOU INTEND TO USE THE GRANT TO START A NEW NURSERY ON NEW PREMISES.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SCHOOLS, EITHER INDEPENDENT, PRIVATE OR PUBLIC WHO ARE PLANNING TO START AN AFTER SCHOOL CLUB, BREAKFAST CLUB, OR OTHER CHILD CARE FACILITY ON SCHOOL PREMISES AND RUN BY THE SCHOOL ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT

For more information please visit:
http://www.childcarebusinessgrants.dcms

CarillionAmey: Contact Details to Change a Gas Safety Inspection, Speak Face to Face or Apply for Furniture

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Healthcare for the Armed Forces Community

Healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.
Please click HERE for more information

CarillionAmey - SFA Walk Away Cleaning and Gardening Scheme - High Volume of Interest

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Our Walk Away team are experiencing a high volume of interest in the scheme and are currently dealing with a backlog.  They are recruiting more staff to assist but in the meantime it is taking 5 days rather than the advertised 2 days for customers to receive responses to their requests.  Please highlight your Move Out date on any correspondence which will ensure that the team can prioritise their responses effectively.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure you that we are taking the necessary steps to improve our service.






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Friday, 10 July 2015

Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CASS)


The Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) for Service Families Accommodation (SFA) replaces the 4 Tier Grading (4TG) system in April 2016, in both the UK and Worldwide (less British Forces Germany that will be subject to special arrangements).  The successful implementation of CAAS SFA will rely on an accurate and timely programme of survey, which SFA occupants and their CoC are strongly encouraged to support.  Service Personnel (SP) who live in SFA should engage in the process and discuss how the changes will affect them with their spouse/civil partner and seek guidance through their Chain of Command (CoC) where they do not understand how it will. 

A major programme of SFA survey is being conducted throughout 2015.  From June, UK SFA that is occupied may be surveyed and affected occupants will be written to by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) regarding appointments.  SP should inform their CoC if they are to be surveyed and they will be afforded time off work to support surveyors who will need to access the property – surveys should take no longer than a couple of hours.

Occupants of UK SFA will receive individual letters containing further information about how CAAS will affect them from July 2015, including an estimate of what the charging band will be for their SFA in April 2016. Between September 2015 and February 2016, occupants will receive a further letter confirming the actual CAAS band and the transition plan.  Implementation of CAAS for Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is planned for no earlier than April 2017.



An ABN that details CAAS implementation is attached to this order.  It has a number of useful links and attachments that may help you (and your spouse/civil partner) understand the process and changes that will take place between now and April 2016.  Your CoC will assist you if you do not understand the detail. 

To view the Army Briefing Note please click HERE

West Midlands Police - Think before You Call Information


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

CarillionAmey - SFA our contracted service levels


Staffordshire Healthy Hub

Staffordshire residents looking to lead a healthier lifestyle can now do so with help from a new one stop advice service.

The Healthy Staffordshire Hub gives people information, advice and guidance on a range of health related topics such as, stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol consumption, achieving a healthy weight, healthy eating and being active.

People can access the support by calling 0300 111 8006 and on a brand new website which will launch later in the year.

Prime Minister announces support for military families on leaving the Forces

The Career Transition Programme (CTP) helps personnel leaving the Forces to turn the skills, experience and qualifications they have gained into a successful career outside the military.
Changes the government is making to the CTP programme will mean that, from 1 October:
  1. all those leaving the Armed Forces, regardless of how long they have served or their reason for discharge, will be able to use the CTP
  2. all eligible partners and spouses of Armed Forces personnel will get employment support, under a trial, for the first time through the Partner Employment Programme
  3. eligible Reservists, regardless of whether they are in civilian employment or not, will be entitled to help finding a job through the Reservists Employment Support Programme trial.
Click HERE for more information

Wednesday, 1 July 2015