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Friday, September 25, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

JOB VACANCY - PT DRIVER Closing date 9th October


Part-time driver wanted to work with local business, driving our newly acquired Mercedes V Class, doing some local jobs (station runs) and some long-distance work.

Must have a clean licence and be over 25.  
Flexible hours, sometimes early starts or late finishes.  
Immediate start, £10 p/h.
Closing Date: 9th October

Contact: dan.wilkinson@pennineenergy.co.uk

Army Rejoiners

Did you voluntarily leave the Regular Army in the last 3 years with 2 years or more left to serve? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you could be fast tracked back into the Army in 4-weeks or less.
Apply to rejoin now. For more details and to apply please click HERE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Antibody Testing - Updated 24th September

For information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme CLICK HERE 

Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus.  Anyone employed in adult social care in England or Wales is eligible for a test. This includes staff working in residential care, domiciliary care, extra care, supported living, local authority adult social care departments and staff working as personal assistants for individuals who receive adult social care services.

This guidance on the Gov.UK website tells you about the government’s antibody testing programme for coronavirus. 

It sets out:
- what antibody testing is
- what an antibody test will tell you
- who is eligible for testing

Funding To Upgrade Service Personnel & Families Accommodation

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace have announced 
new funding to upgrade SFA and SLA

Almost £200M of additional funding is to be allocated to improve Service Family Accommodation and Single Living Accommodation. This funding will enable the MOD to upgrade and refurbish 3,500 SFA for Armed Forces personnel and their families, as well as improving their living environment and reducing our carbon footprint. SLA funding will also be used to upgrade accommodation and facilities across the military estate, including replacing 30 WWII accommodation blocks in Longmoor, Pirbright, Westdown, Knook, Nesscliffe, Castlemartin Camps and providing new accommodation for on-call personnel in Northern Ireland.

Message from Air Commodore Wendy Rothery, Head of Accommodation, DIO

I am delighted that the Chancellor and Defence Secretary have announced that almost £200M has been allocated to upgrade Service Family Accommodation and Single Living Accommodation. This additional government funding will enable the MOD to further improve the quality of accommodation for so many Armed Forces personnel and their families.

This financial year, DIO had committed £123M for improvement works. Good progress has been made to deliver these works, with £52M of works already instructed to Amey. The additional improvement works will be further concentrating on installing new kitchens and bathrooms, replacing boilers, upgrading heating systems, replacing doors and windows, and fitting external wall insulation. Over the last four years £530 million has been invested in improvements to Service Family Accommodation.

The fiscal stimulus funding will benefit around 3,500 SFA homes across the UK, including fully refurbishing more than 800 long term void properties to make them available to Service families and increase sustainability across the Defence estate.

We will use the existing National Housing Prime contract to complete the work, which is expected to sustain around 2,000 jobs.

The refurbishment works will focus on improving the lived experience of Service personnel and their families and will include:

- Kitchen and bathroom upgrades to increase the number of Decent Homes+ SFA and improve modernity: new kitchens and bathrooms

- Replacement windows and doors and insulation to reduce occurrences of damp and mould in SFA.

- Installation of solar/thermal panels and electric car charging points to reduce carbon footprint.

- Installation of boilers to drive greater efficiency and reduce carbon footprint.

- Replacing lifecycle expired assets such as carpets and electric consumer units

- Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Points, where feasible, to support government targets

- Replacing and upgrading heating systems, radiators, controls and pipework to include magnaflux and include water softeners in hard water areas

- Installing fire doors, where required

- Replacing current single point C02 detectors and upgrading with interlinked CO2 and heat detectors to meet emerging fire regulations

- Re-decorating where required

- Structural repairs where required

The funding will also enable DIO to continue to improve the Lived environment by carrying out the following upgrade works:

- Improvements to road surfaces and street signs

Replacement to street lights to solar LED to reduce carbon footprint

- Upgrades to play areas.

Exact areas for upgrades are still being finalised and I look forward to sharing further details with you as our planning progresses. I am delighted that these additional funds will enable DIO to build on our exciting improvement works programme to further enhance the lived experience for our Serving personnel and their families.

Winter Economy Plan


Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.
  • central to plan is a new Job Support Scheme and extension of Self Employment Income Support Scheme
  • and over one million businesses will get flexibilities to help pay back loans
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.

For all the latest up to date information on the Winter Economy Plan please visit: www.gov.uk

Help for Heroes Announces Restructure to Protect Future of the Charity

Help for Heroes Announces Restructure to Protect Future of the Charity

30% reduction in regular income has forced restructure to protect delivery of lifelong support to wounded veterans
No recovery services are being cut, but more are being adapted towards more community and online-based support

Help for Heroes has announced a major restructure in order to protect its life-changing recovery services from the devastating financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over recent months the military charity, which relies on public donations for 97% of income, has suffered hugely from a loss of income with all planned face-to-face fundraising events and activities since April either cancelled or postponed. The charity, which provides recovery support to the wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces community, anticipates a 30% reduction in regular income over the coming years with the ongoing economic recession.

This financial hit, coupled with a significant surge in demand for its recovery services during the height of the pandemic, meant the charity felt it had no choice but to review its service delivery and put 142 staff roles at risk, with up to 90 redundancies planned subject to consultation.

Melanie Waters, CEO, said the decision was extremely tough but the charity had a responsibility to ensure that the lifelong support promised to the men and women who suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses as a result of their service could continue against the backdrop of the pandemic.

Please click ​HERE for more information.


NHS Covid App - Launched 24th September

The NHS Covid app has been launched, and after positive trials and rigorous testing is an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus.

It will be available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme - identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.

For more information, CLICK HERE
Download the NHS Test and Trace App today for Apple or Android phones. Protect your loved ones.

The Warrior Programme


Families Deployment Support Guide Edition 4 - Sept 2020

Please click on the above picture to download or the view the latest version of the Families Deployment Support Guide