Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
The Forces Help To Buy Scheme (FHTB) was launched on 1 April 2014 as a three year pilot scheme. FHTB enables Service personnel to borrow up to half their annual salary (up to a maximum of £25,000) and is intended to assist towards the balance of the purchase price (taking into account, for example, deposit, legal, surveyors, land registration and estate agent fees) when buying a property for which a mortgage lender is willing to advance a mortgage.
Any personnel looking to utilise FHTB should familiarise themselves fully with JSP 464 Part 1 Chapter 12 where full details of the eligibility and qualifying criteria can be found.
For information can found on the Goverment website, just click on the link below:
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Who can drive a BFG Registered vehicle?
BFG VLO is often asked who, apart from BFG Personnel, can drive a BFG Registered vehicle? The following rules outline who you can permit to drive your BFG Registered vehicle and under what circumstances.
BFG Personnel are not to permit any person to whom BFG Standing Orders do not apply to drive a BFG Vehicle. BFG Standing Orders apply to the Service Personnel and Civilians Subject to Service Discipline (CSSD), The Force, who may therefore drive a BFG registered vehicle for which they are insured.
There are however, certain circumstances where a BFG registered vehicle can be driven by anybody who is insured, listed below:
a. The vehicle is driven by a Non-BFG Resident in an emergency situation – for example, a situation in which there is danger to life.
b. BFG Personnel who employ a nanny on an official basis may authorise the nanny to drive a BFG Registered vehicle owned by them.
c. The vehicle is driven by a professional mechanic in the course of his or her employment where this is necessary to carry out an inspection or test the vehicle to ensure it is roadworthy.
d. The vehicle is driven by a sponsored visitor (i.e. a person visiting BFG Personnel for leisure purposes, and whose presence in Germany has been notified to the BFG authorities), in which case the visitor may drive the vehicle for a period of up to 28 days during any one visit. Should an extension beyond the initial 28 days be necessary, applications should be submitted not late than 7 days prior to the runout of the current authorised period, as below.
NOTE : BFG Personnel are not to authorise anyone to drive a vehicle owned by them until they have ensured that the driver holds appropriate and relevant insurance cover and a current valid driving licence issued by an EU member state permitting him or her to drive the relevant type of vehicle.
You are not to permit anyone to drive a BFG Vehicle in exchange for any remuneration, service, or reward of any kind.
If you require further guidance and information on this topic then please don’t hesitate to contact the BFG VLO Helpdesk on Mil 94881 2637 or Civ 0521 9254 2637.
SECURITY ADVICE REMINDER – ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS / STOWAWAYS IN VEHICLES
Movement by Road
As you will be travelling by road to the UK, your attention is drawn to the threat posed by Human Traffickers/Stowaways, who may attempt to gain entry to your vehicles, with the aim of travelling illegally into the UK. The advice is that if you stop on an auto route within 80 Km of a Channel Port, the drivers should check their luggage compartments prior to entering the port Authority area at the SPOD .
Offers of Cash.
Please brief your fellow travellers that there is a very real possibility that they will be approached at all Channel ports and offered cash to smuggle people into the UK.
In addition, drivers may be approached with similar offers of cash at other locations away from the ports.
Any such approach to the driver or passengers must be reported to the police.
Although the offer of a large sum of cash is tempting, if personnel are caught by the UK Border Force the minimum fine imposed will be £2,000 per person smuggled plus a possible (minimum of 12 months) term in gaol (in addition, the MOD receives the same fine). Such requests for passage to the UK are not confined to drivers/passengers of cars, coach passengers have also been approached in the past.
Of note is that on 24 Feb 14, a British couple were sentenced to 15 months gaol for attempting to smuggle 4 illegal immigrants in to the UK in their vehicle via the Port of Calais.
Legal Advice .
In the event of stowaways being discovered, Director Army Legal advice is as follows:
a. Should a stowaway be found, he/she should be invited to leave the vehicle (using appropriate language and/or gesture).
b. If they refuse, they should be warned that the local police ("gendarme") will be called to forcibly remove them.
c. No attempt should be made to forcibly remove any stowaway, even if this means that the vehicle is prevented from catching the train or ferry due to non-arrival of civil police in time.
d. Any actions taken, including the departure of any stowaways at the first time of asking, must be documented in order to rebut any subsequent allegations of assault and/or injury.
e. In connection with this, personnel searching military vehicles should not act alone; they should act at least in pairs so there is a witness to any action taken.
f. In the event of an incident involving, for example, any allegation of assault and/or injury then the convoy/vehicle commander should seek legal advice through the duty officer chain as soon as possible.
Further information on this issue can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/secure-your-vehicle-to-help-stop-illegal-immigration
Protecting children is your responsibility too….
What can you do?
Most children enjoy happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately, for some this is not the case. During difficult family times everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm.
What is harm?
Harm is ill treatment or child abuse. Here are some examples:
Emotional abuse – may involve making a child constantly feel worthless or unloved, frightened or in danger.
Sexual abuse – is when a child is made to take part in or watch sexual activities: or they may be around when someone is looking at pornographic material.
Neglect – a child is left alone, not fed or clothed properly, the home is cold or dirty or a child is not protected from danger.
Physical abuse – could be any physical injury like cuts, bruises, scalds or broken bones that have not happened by accident.
What should I do if I think a child is being harmed?
Telephone British Forces Social Work services straight away on Tel: 05241 84 3039 or 3040 or RMP BFG CRIMELINE on Tel: 08001 84 2222 – they will listen.
Do I have to give my name?
As a member of the public you will be asked for your name for social work use. However if you decide you want to remain anonymous from the family you are referring, that decision will be respected.
What happens next?
Social workers will follow up every report where they believe a child may be at risk of harm. They will talk to anyone who knows the child and may be able to provide a clearer picture. This includes Teachers, Health Visitors and members of the children’s family.
After this several things could happen:
No further action
Help & support may be offered to the family
An investigation may take place
Are children taken away from home?
Very rarely – social workers cannot remove a child from their family without a legal order. This only happens when there are serious concerns and then consideration is always given to the child being looked after by a relative or friend.
Will I be told what has happened?
Unfortunately as a member of the public you are not entitled to know what action will be taken. However you should be informed that your referral has been received and will be dealt with as soon as possible, unless you have not provided your name and contact details.
BFSWS Central Referrals:
Germany +49(0)800 724 3176
RMP BFG CRIMELINE:
Germany 0800 184 2222 (free phone 24/7)
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Looking for things to do on the weekend? Why not visit the Allwetterzoo in Munster. The zoo architects built this Zoo to connect all the large animal houses with covered paths Hence the name "Allwetterzoo" "All Weather Zoo".
Please come into the HIVE for more information and a leaflet.