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Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC): Management of British armed forces casualties and compassionate cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Does your family know who to contact in the Military if you are faced with an emergency at home? 

For casualty and compassionate cases contact our 24/7 
telephone helpline 01452 519951

Royal British Legion Break Centres

Break Centres

The Legion offers much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families. If you or a member of your family is recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event, the Legion can provide a comfortable and enjoyable break.

About our break centres

We have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country, and for our family breaks, we also have close ties with Parkdean and Haven Holiday Parks. The Legion also provides Adventure Breaks, where young people of Service families can have a fun and activity-packed week.

The Cotswold Centre - Temporary Housing for Forces Families

Located mid way between Bath and Chippeham, just off the M4 outside Corsham, the Cotswold Centre provides temporary housing for families of serving personnel from all three services. Whether you are in transit between postings, retiring, have welfare housing issues, have been the subject of emergency evacuation from overseas or simply want a break in the countryside, the Centre offers a secure, comfortable and affordable place to stay.  In the case of estranged families and those leaving the Services, the family is to include one child.

The Accommodation The sixty cosy single storey, centrally-heated, three bedroom chalets and converted flatlets are all self catering, fully furnished and include cooking utensils, freezer, fridge, cutlery, crockery, bedding and towels. Televisions can be hired for £1-50 per week. Your accommodation will be ready for you to take over on arrival. If you arrive outside working hours your keys will be left with the security guard at the gate.The daily charge is only £7-25 per family; R&R families pay £10. The rent includes heating, lighting and the laundering of bed linen. 

What is at the Centre?

The secure twenty five acre site has its own well appointed Amenity Centre with internet connection, Tavern Bar, games hall (including large screen TV), launderette and children's playground. The Centre's Community Organiser arranges regular outings to the shops and other local attractions. 
For those staying longer, at the centre, there is an excellent Early Years Centre for children from 3 to 4 years, and a county run Primary School for 5-11 year olds. 12-16 year olds can attend Corsham Secondary school which is close by. 
For families who are leaving the Services the Centre has a limited GFA and furniture storage facility.
The Centre prides itself on providing a caring environment with professional experienced staff to help with and advise on housing, benefits and legal problems.
No pets are allowed on site.

To find out more contact the centre on 01225 810358 Mil (9)4382 4521.

Two beautiful new purpose built, fully adapted houses for use by injured Service personnel and their families are now open at the Centre. Those injured personnel referred to the Centre by the medical or welfare services stay free of charge. Contact the centre for details.

Friday, 18 May 2018

HRMC warning on tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.
The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to trick the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate so they hand over their account and personal details.

Veterans Badge & Medal

You can get an Armed Forces Veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces - there’s no fee.

You can apply if you were in the:
Royal Navy 
Royal Marines 
Royal Air Force (RAF) 
volunteer or regular reserves 

You can’t apply if you:
Served in the armed forces of another country 
Served alongside the UK armed forces, for example in the Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force

    You’ll usually get your veterans badge within 6 to 8 weeks of applying.

    You can also apply for a medal if you’re eligible. 

    For information on how to apply for a Veterans Badge Click HERE

    Just For Her magazine for wives, girlfriends and families of military personnel

    New British Army Website

    Easy Resettlement - Latest Edition

    Easy Resettlement Magazine informs Service personnel about employment and training options available to Service leavers.
    See the Spring 2018 edition of Easy Resettlement here


    Find out how to check if you need a TV Licence when you’re on base, what it covers and how much it costs.
    A TV Licence is not included in your monthly food and accommodation charges. In Ministry of Defence (MOD) living accommodation, on or off base, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any provider or device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder.
    Find out more about watching live TV.
    It’s your responsibility to check if you need a TV Licence and buy one if you do. The Ministry of Defence fully supports us in applying the law regarding TV Licensing. If we find evidence you’re watching TV illegally, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000* plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.
    *The maximum fine is £2,000 in Guernsey.
    A TV Licence costs £150.50. You can spread the cost with a Direct Debit or pay in one go.

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