Thursday, 22 February 2018

DO YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES OR CONCERNS?




This could be housing related, missed appointments, school admissions, employment problems, transport issues or anything else that is causing you concern.



The HIVE can help by reporting these through the chain of command.
If you would like to report a concern in confidence please contact the HIVE.

Forces Help to Buy: Help To Get On The Property Ladder

A scheme to help armed forces personnel get on the property ladder.

The full information on help to buy is available on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/forces-help-to-buy




Contents

What is the scheme?
Who can use the scheme?
How much can be borrowed under the scheme?
How to get it?
Find out about buying a home

Useful Links

Common Questions about the HIVE Blog

Q.I sometimes forget to check the HIVE Blog for updates, so probably miss out on what is going and find out about events too late.

Simply enter your email address in the ‘Follow by Email’ box, (on right hand panel) click ‘submit’, and follow the activation procedure to receive a notification email every day that the Blog is updated.

By using this gadget, you will never miss any posts that may be of interest and you’ll be informed when the latest community information is available to view.







Q.There is a lot of information on the HIVE Blog, so I can’t find what I want very easily as it takes ages to scroll through it.


There are a number of ways to address this.  You can use the tabs and filters to view specific topics of information, or you can browse the list of posts in the ‘Blog Archive’ on the bottom right hand side of the webpage.  

Alternatively, you can use the Blog Search box.  For example, if you wanted information on Service Accommodation, just type,  Housing into the box and the relevant post will be displayed.





Q. I would like to put information on the blog such as a event i am organising. I have a poster and would like to upload it for the local community to see.   

A. Simply contact the HIVE by phone or email (details are on the right hand panel of the blog home page) and they will upload your poster or information for you - free of charge. 

Army HIVE Information Centres

Hive.PNGHIVE information centres support the chain of command and service communities through the provision of up-to-date and relevant information.

The HIVE is an information network available to all members of the Service community. It serves both married and single personnel, together with their families, dependants and civilians employed by the Services.

Worldwide, the HIVE information centres offer an extensive range of information on relocation, local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools and further education, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities.

We network worldwide, sourcing national and local information as needed. Information on relocations is one of our key areas of information support and is available either in advance or on arrival at the receiving unit. Information on the ways to communicate with those serving away on operational deployments is also available through our HIVE information centres.

HIVE information support officers are not trained in welfare counselling. We are however able to advise referral to those professional agencies best suited to the individual’s circumstances. All HIVE staff is bound to a code of confidentiality.

UDR And RIR Aftercare Team

HIVE - Talking To ....


The Army Parents’ Network





The Army Parents' Network was launched on 28 Sep as part of national inclusion week. The aim of the Network is to support Serving Army Parents and the Chain of Command by providing access to information, advice and peer support.  The page will promote information on relevant topics (including policy updates and useful articles) and will also act as a forum for individuals to ask questions for other members to provide advice – all questions asked can be posted anonymously.  This Facebook group is a closed group with access limited to Serving Army personnel only. If you would like to join please answer the two questions when you apply and your application will be authorised. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1199748646820329

You Ask, We Answer

Don't Forget.......Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Check your National Insurance Record Online


You can check your National Insurance record online to see:
  • what you’ve paid, up to the start of the current tax year (6 April 2016)
  • any National Insurance credits you’ve received
  • if gaps in contributions or credits mean some years don’t count towards your State Pension (they aren’t ‘qualifying years’)
  • if you can pay voluntary contributions to fill any gaps and how much this will cost
Your online record doesn’t cover how much State Pension you’re likely to get.

More Information

You’ll need a Government Gateway account to check your National Insurance record online - you’ll be able to set one up if you don’t have one.

Personal tax account

Signing in to the ‘Check your National Insurance record’ service activates your personal tax account. You can use this to check your HMRC records and manage your other details.

Spaces - Single Persons' Accommodation for Service Personnel



What is SPACES? Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, is a housing advice and placement service for veterans. SPACES targets the most vulnerable of Service leavers, regardless of rank, length of service, or reason for discharge.