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06 Dec - Thetford HASC now up and running:
05 Dec - Mobile phone contract overseas survey: AFF is investigating how difficult it is for families to exit their mobile phone contracts on postings overseas. We will use the evidence to encourage, if necessary, mobile phone companies to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and commit to allowing Service families to exit contracts without penalties if posted abroad. Please click here to take the survey.
05 Dec - 'On- demand' clean on move out: AFF has been made aware of a post circulating on Facebook regarding requesting an "on demand" clean by DIO on move out instead of arranging a clean yourself. £161 has been quoted as the cost of the clean which makes it a cheaper sounding option than paying for a Pre-payment clean. This is VERY MISLEADING - there is an "on demand" clean but the cost of this varies on the size of the property involved. The "on demand" clean does NOT include the cleaning of the cooker and does not cover the cost of any requirement to shampoo carpets or deodorise and de-infest if pets have been in the property. If DIO have to raise an "on demand" clean it will also attract an administrative fee which will added to the cost and you will see a much higher charge than the £161 quoted when you get the final bill! AFF would urge all families to leave their SFA at the required move out standard.
02 Dec - AFF Families' Concerns Latest Report: This is the quarterly report from the Army Families Federation which highlights the issues that Army families have brought to the attention of AFF. Statistics are gathered from Army families worldwide and thus provide an accurate reflection of matters affecting the global British Army community. Click here to download the July - September 2013 report.
19 Nov - AFF Working Hours Survey - AFF was receiving substantial anecdotal evidence from families that their soldier’s working hours had increased and that it was having a very detrimental effect on family life. To establish the extent of the problem we focused on working hours in our annual survey.
The results surprised even us and raised questions over the sustainability of current working practices. We are concerned that these excessive working hours may persist, and indeed increase, to bridge recruiting and retention gaps. AFF is also concerned that lengthy, unpredictable working hours and the inability to take leave entitlement are not compatible with the aims of the New Employment Model (NEM). Not least NEM’s ambition for soldiers to own their own homes which is to be supported by high levels of spouse employment. Note our headline statistic was that over 10% of respondents said the spouse had been forced to quit work in the last two years to manage their soldier’s increased hours.
We compiled these results and presented them in a Command Brief to the chain of command. You can view this succinct product here. AFF will be producing a further comprehensive report on our findings with a series of recommendations.
Catherine Spencer, AFF Chief Executive spoke to Forces News about soldiers’ working hours. Click here to watch the news report.
08 Oct - Talk to AFF & Have Your Say on Special Educational Needs (SEN) The Children and Families Bill is currently before Parliament and the Government are consulting on a draft new 0-25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice which will form statutory guidance. Read more and have your say.
16 Sept - IVF Provision in NI, Scotland and Wales – Have you been trying to receive NHS funded IVF treatment or have you recently had IVF treatment? Have you had issues getting NHS funded IVF in NI, Scotland or Wales? What were your experiences of having treatment in NI, Scotland or Wales? AFF’s Health & Additional Needs Specialist, Karen Ross is doing research into IVF provision for military families. Please email Karen at email@example.com
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