The Forces Pension Society will be out in BF(G) 09-11 May 16 delivering a presentation on the services and support they offer.

The presenters are Mr John Pitt-Brooke CB, General Secretary Forces Pension Society and Ms Kate Goodchild, Forces Pension Society Roadshow Manager. 

A new Armed Forces National Insurance credit is available for spouses and civil partners who joined their partners on overseas postings.

Up to 20,000 Armed Forces spouses may be eligible for a new National Insurance credit if they have previously joined their partners on an overseas posting, ensuring that they don’t miss out on their state pension.

People who have accompanied spouses and civil partners may have been unable to work while abroad, and therefore unable to make National Insurance contributions.

Gaps in contributions can seriously reduce the amount of money people receive when they reach state pension age.

It has been agreed by SCE and Comds BFG and 20X that Robert Browning and William Wordsworth Schools will amalgamate with effect from the beginning of school year 2016/17. 

The two schools are already led by a single executive headteacher, have a joint School Governance Committee and a common budget.  Amalgamation is the logical next step, providing benefits for pupils and parents resulting from the greater organisational flexibility of working as a single school.  Consultation with parents, staff and other stakeholders took place last term, with responses clearly in favour of the amalgamation.

BFG personnel should be aware that a 16 hour speed check control by traffic police will take place in Europe on April 21, between 6am and 10pm.  This initiative is designed to reduce the danger to road-users and pedestrians caused by driving at high speeds.

 

As a result of the same action on 15 April 2015, 22,000 motorists were caught driving over the speed limit.

BFG personnel are reminded that they are responsible for driving within the given speed limit and should do so in a safe and conscientious manner.

A number of child minders may be providing unregistered childcare for children, without undergoing suitability checks, according to British Forces Early Years Service.

BFEYS, responsible for registering and inspecting child minders for the MOD  in Western Europe since 2002, said, while the extent of unregistered child minding is not yet known, they would not be surprised if there were large numbers of people providing this service without having registered.