Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for armed forces personnel.
Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider. The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad. The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts. Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said: “Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.” The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.
21 April 2017
20 April 2017
A free, weekly, timed 5k walk/jog/run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Friendly and fun. Join us!
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/prudhoeriversideparkrun/
19 April 2017
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Medical Receptionist https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/GetJob.aspx?JobID=42547427&JobTitle=Emis+Web+Medical+Receptionist&tm=1&where=Prudhoe%2c+Northumberland%2c+England&sort=rv.dt.di&pp=25&re=4&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fjobsearch.direct.gov.uk%2fhome.aspx&rad_units=miles&rad=5&AVSDM=2017-04-18T12%3a52%3a00-05%3a00
Tax-Free Childcare Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.
Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.
Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.
Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible.
Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.
To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.
MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage.
Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information
12 April 2017
Education in Scotland – An Introductory Guide has been produced with the full backing of the Scottish Government, and provides personnel either in Scotland or moving to Scotland with a comprehensive guide to all phases of education, with handy information and advice. The document can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service#education-in-scotland
4 April 2017
MOD90 or Armed Forces ID card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.
Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit.
1. Call ahead of your visit on 0303 123 7300 to check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.
2. Bring your MOD90 / Armed Forces ID with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE.
This discount applies to Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House as well as Windsor Castle. Phone 0303 123 7300 to confirm.