Thursday, 15 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Carillion Amey - Improving the Walkaway Scheme

We understand that there have been some concerns from our customers about the ease and effectiveness of the Walkaway Scheme. Following customer feedback, we've made some improvements to this service:…

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Vauxhall Partners Military Discount

1 year’s free Insurance^ + up to 5 years’ Flexible Finance with 0% APR* on Corsa Limited Edition and Energy models
= Quick maths
Plus save £800with Associate Partners.**

To find out more visit:
Call 0344 875 2448 or visit your local Vauxhall Retailer.

Official Government Test Environmental Data. Fuel consumption figures mpg (litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km). Vauxhall Corsa Energy and Limited Edition range: Urban: 41.5 (6.8) – 60.1 (4.7), Extra–urban: 65.7 (4.2) – 83.1 (3.4), Combined: 54.3 (5.1) – 72.4 (3.9). CO2 emissions: 137 – 102g/km.#

*Offer subject to availability, on selected models at participating and qualifying Retailers only. Conditional Sale. Finance subject to status. Ts&Cs apply. Applicants must be 18+. Finance by Vauxhall Finance, CF15 7YT. 24-60 month term. Offer applies to Vauxhall Partners only. Offer available on orders or registrations between 19 December 2017 and 2 April 2018. †Saving is against Vauxhall On-the-Road cash Price (RRP) of vehicle. **For Partners Terms, Conditions and Exclusions go to

^First year insurance offer available on Corsa Energy and Limited models only. While stocks last. All drivers must have held a valid full UK or EU licence for a minimum of 1 year. All policies are underwritten by Ageas Insurance Ltd. Other insurance-specific Terms and Conditions apply. The offer will cover the full premium for drivers aged between 21-75 (motor policy only). Only available through Vauxhall Insurance Services. Offers available on orders or registrations between 9 January and 31 March 2018. At participating retailers only. #Fuel consumption information is official government environmental data, tested in accordance with the relevant EU directive. Official EU regulated test data is provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Vauxhall Motors Limited reserves the right to change, amend or withdraw this offer at any point in time. Correct at time of going to press 09.02.2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Government Tax Free Childcare (TFC) scheme

Boarding Schools Fair 20/02/18 – Defence Academy, Shrivenham

A Boarding Schools Fair (BSF) will be held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy, Shrivenham on Tuesday 20 February 2018 from 1500 to 1800 hrs.
The aim of the BSF is to provide armed forces personnel and their families an opportunity to consult with schools from across the UK, who may be considering educating their children at a boarding school or independent day school.
This is the 15th year that the event has been held at the Defence Academy and over 70 schools will be represented, including St Mary’s School, Bexhill. St Mary’s School provides specialist education, therapy & care for young people (7-19) with speech, language and communication needs.
This is the perfect opportunity to speak to teachers and children from the schools but without the logistic difficulties of travelling many miles to do so. Some of the schools will bring pupils with them, which will allow your children to talk to those already at boarding or day school about their experiences. For further information and to register your attendance please visit the Defence Academy website (www).

Service Leavers and Home Owners - Understanding Council Tax

While you are living in Service Families Accommodation you are exempt from paying Council Tax but instead you pay CILOCT (Contribution In Lieu Of Council Tax) which is shown on your pay statement.
When you move out of SFA and into your own home or rented property you will need to register with the local council to pay the correct rate of council tax for that property.
When you enter your postcode online you can find out what Council tax band your house is in and how much your local council charges for that band.
The valuation bands for your home in England and Scotland are based on the price a property would have achieved if it had been sold on the open market on 1 April 1991. In Wales assessments are based on the value of property on 1 April 2003.
A Council Tax bill tells you:
How much you have to pay for the year
How that amount has been worked out
The dates you have to pay

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Introducing the updated SFA Guide to our customers and our stakeholders

CarillionAmey have made some necessary changes to their Guide to Living in Service Family Accommodation and the updated guide can now be found on their website. The SFA Guide needed a fresh look and some of the information was out of date. They also wanted to introduce the details of their new digital communication channels into the guide as well to ensure that everyone moving in knew that they could talk to CarillionAmey in a variety of ways, at their own convenience. 

Customers have started to move towards digital in a major way. In order to keep up with the movement, Accommodation Officers will now be directing customers, who have recently moved in to Service Family Accommodation, to the CarillionAmey website to read through the SFA Guide rather than have a printed copy in their Move-In pack.

There are plenty of benefits that come with this change, including easy and quick to access information. The guide also has a whole new ‘contact us’ page with hyperlinks, directing customers straight to the page they need. It will also be easier to update when CarillionAmey need to make any changes, customers will always be seeing the most up to date version, rather than having to update and then reprint, we can simply update and then upload on to the website.

To view the SFA Guide Please Please click here

Monday, 5 February 2018

Support from military spouses needed for latest AFF survey - with prize up for grabs

The Army Families Federation (AFF) has long championed spousal employment, with a continual flow of spouses and partners approaching the charity to highlight the challenges they face gaining and maintaining employment.

New AFF Survey
AFF is now running a new survey to help them delve deeper into those challenges, examining what would make a real difference to those affected, and to what extent military life influences a spouse's career.

The employment challenge
Armed Forces spouses and partners can find it difficult to access employment for a number of reasons. Elements of the Forces remain very mobile and many are still based overseas or in rural locations in the UK, which can make access to employment difficult. AFF is also aware that childcare remains a huge challenge for many, in terms of provision and cost, with families often not being able to rely on wider family for support.

The charity also says that some spouses can find it difficult to upskill or maintain professional credentials and in some cases, find their qualifications are not accepted in certain countries, for example, teaching in Scotland. Unfortunately, this is sometimes further exacerbated by non-supportive employers, who do not wish to invest in military spouses.

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