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Monday, 31 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Hull Explorer, hop on, hop off bus service

Start your adventure here, with Hull Explorer, the city's new hop on, hop off tour bus.
Running every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday all summer, from 22 July* until 3 September, you can experience the city from a new perspective.
Hop on board the open top bus and let the guide tell you the story of Hull and its landmarks, including:
  • Cenotaph
  • Queen Victoria Square
  • Wilberforce Monument
  • Museums Quarter
  • Hull Minster
  • The Deep
  • The Marina and waterfront
Adult day tickets are just £8, child day tickets are £5, and family tickets £21, with concessionary tickets (for students and those with concessionary bus passes) only £6.  Children under 5 travel for free.  No need to book your ticket in advance, just buy it from the bus driver.
There'll be six journeys a day, with each tour lasting about an hour and a half, although you can hop on and off all day - see the full Hull Explorer leaflet.
Are you interested in hiring the bus for a large group or event?  The bus and guide are available for private hires on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, plus evenings and out of the summer season.  Find out more about hiring Hull Explorer. For more information please  Click Here <<<

Information courtesy of https://www.eyms.co.uk/bus-services/service-information-item?id=1441

Monday, 24 July 2017

The law On Leaving Children Home Alone 

The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk. Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, eg at home or in a car.

Click Here <<< for information from The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  • children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time
  • children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight
  • babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone
Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health

Friday, 21 July 2017

Extended Childcare Entitlement - Overseas Locations


1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

A day out with the kids in East Yorkshire this Summer

Lots of fun places to visit on a day out with the kids in East Yorkshire.

To access this information Please Click Here

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Charges for damage and deficiencies for SFA and Substitute SFA recovery from pay

When you move out of UK service family accommodation (SFA) or substitute service family accommodation (SSFA), you may be liable for charges for damages or deficiencies that are not classed as fair wear and tear or because you have failed to prepare the property to the correct standard, for example cleanliness.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Are you driving in France? There are new rules on vehicle emissions

If you're planning to drive to or through France via Paris, Lyon or Grenoble, beware, new rules mean you're likely to need to display a vehicle emissions sticker on your windscreen, while older cars could be banned altogether at certain times.

The three French cities have introduced the 'Crit'Air' scheme, which is designed to curb pollution and requires most vehicles driving within designated 'environmental zones' to display a window sticker (known as avignette).
The stickers cost €4.80 (around £4.13), including postage to the UK. There are six categories of sticker, which are colour-coded according to how much vehicles pollute and range from the cleanest (Crit'Air 1), for electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, to the most polluting (Crit'Air 6).


Six million people in their early 40s will have to work a year longer, as a result of a change in the State Pension Age, the government has announced.

The rise in the pension age to 68 will now happen in 2039, rather than in 2046 as was originally proposed.
Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47.

Footgolf - Hull

UK Schools Directory 2017/18

Pick up your free copy from the HIVE

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

National Trust Summer Family Fun Pack

Fill your summer with family fun! Download our FREE pack for games, recipes and inspiration for adventures.

Click Here to find out more

MoneyForce - Car Buyer Calculator

Are you MoneyFit enough to own a car? Buying a car can be an expensive decision, but it’s not just the cost of buying it that you have to plan for.

Before you make any decisions look at MoneyForce's motoring pages with advice on buying a new car, buying a used car and information on car loans and finance.

You should also think about saving for the deposit or purchase price.
The CarBuyer calculator helps you think about the total monthly cost of running a car so you can make an informed decision. Use this in your budget planning to stay MoneyFit!

To access this useful tool:
Click Here

Monday, 17 July 2017

Resettlement Magazine Civvy Street - Latest Issue Online Now

To read, download or print this issue
Free hard copies of the magazine are
available from the HIVE

Soldier Magazine - July Edition

To read the magazine on-line please Click Here

York Maze Opens 15 July 2017

With over 20 rides, attractions and shows, York Maze is an amazing family day out. Get active on the Jumping Pillow, have a laugh on the Crowmania ride or take your seat for our new Crowbot 5000 show. Get lost in one of our mazes, or take it easy in the sand and water play area. You'll be amazed just how much there is to see and do.

For more information on York Maze please Click Here

Combat Stress 24 Hour Helpline for Armed Forces, Veterans & Families

Improved Access To Student Loans For Army Spouses And Partners

As of 1 August 2017, Army families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can access a loan via Student Finance England. This applies to both full and part time courses, and you no longer need to be in the UK for the first day of the course to qualify. 

For more information and full eligibility criteria, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies
Last year, we were proud to publicise this AFF win, announced by the Universities Minister Jo Johnson, after much lobbying and joint working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The change applies to new students starting a distance learning course in 2017/18 and also to those who have already started a distance learning course before and who are continuing that course in 2017/18.

Unfortunately, this does not apply to those from the devolved nations. To be eligible, you must qualify for the English student support package.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Lifeworks Course  - 5-7 September

The Countdown Begins On Old Round Pound Coin

It's been three months since the Royal Mint introduced the 12-sided £1 coin into circulation - and now the old 'round pound' is on its way out.
The old pound will cease to be legal tender on October 15, 2017, although the Royal Mint is encouraging "people to use coins or return them to your bank” before then.
After this date, old coins can be exchanged or deposited into accounts at most high street banks including the Post Office.
But shops, restaurants and other businesses will not accept the old pound after the deadline.

Just for Her - Summer Issue Online Now

To read, download or print this issue

Thursday, 13 July 2017

JSHAO - Housing Matters Magazine - Summer 2017

To read the latest on-line edition, please Click Here

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Advance - The Resettlement Magazine - Issue 1 2017

Brand New Resettlement Magazine For Men And Women Leaving The Armed Forces.
To  Access The Magazine Online Please Click Here

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

INtouch Mail Service for UK Armed Forces Personnel - Service Guide

The INtouch system replaced the e-bluey service on 1 April 2017.
INtouch messages are alternatives to Forces Free Air Letters (FFALs), known as ‘blueys’, and are also free to send.
The service allows users to upload letters, photos and documents via the internet, which are then securely printed and sent to their recipient.

Sending Mail Using InTouch - Click Here <<<

Imail INtouch service - quick start guide - Click Here <<<

Click Here To Register

Quest Magazine - Incorporating Courses 4 Forces - July 2017

To view the on-line version, please click

Pathfinder Resettlement Magazine Out Now - June

To read, download or print your copy
Hard copies of the magazine are available FREE from the HIVE

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

AFF Achieves Housing Success On Behalf Of Army Families 

AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is celebrating a success for those living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) who have recently faced unfair increases to their accommodation charge.
Many families contacted AFF to say their rental charge or final charge had unexpectedly increased by an unreasonable amount without proper notice and without a chance to appeal.
Fighting for families
On behalf of these families, AFF approached housing organisations Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and CarillionAmey (CA) to push for a fair outcome in accordance with the original guidelines of the CAAS system. The original guidelines stated that rental increases would be implemented on a transitional basis and that any changes to the final charge as a result of a survey or data review would be able to be appealed within a contracted time scale.

Communities Defeat Terrorism 

For further information please Click Here

AFF Rep  For North East Area 

Monday, 3 July 2017

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Using Social Media - A Guide for Military Personnel

The use of social media is accepted by Defence and, when 
used appropriately, should be encouraged.

The issue we face is not why or how we use social media, but how 
well we use it. 
The government has produced a useful guide that tells you what is 
and isn’t acceptable social media behaviour for military personnel.

to read or print the guide Click Here 

Service Families Accommodation 

Below is information links from DIO about Service Families Accommodation 


Easy Resettlement Magazine - Summer Issue 

To read Click Here <<<