A Charity offering personal help and advice for all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their Reserves and Families

Government consultation – National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers of Veterans

The government is seeking views about a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. Under these plans, employers will pay no National Insurance on the salary of veterans they employ,…

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BFRS virtual careers fair for the Armed Forces Community (AFC)

British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS), are running a virtual careers fair for the Armed Forces Community (AFC).  The AFC are those serving, Service Leaver, Reserve Forces, Veterans, and the Families.  The Virtual Career Fairs holistically combines real world services with technological and…

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Indexation of AFPS Pensions - What happens at 55?

By David Scholey, Regional Manager South East. I’m often asked, or I become drawn into a conversation on ex-matelot groups on social media about what happens to AFPS pensions at 55? This is a magical age because whether your pension…

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HighGround Footprint Grows with New Appointment and Corporate Support

Thanks to funding from The Royal Foundation, Tim Lever is joining Team HighGround in January 2021 as its first Rural Employment Manager. The Charity helps service leavers and veterans find jobs, careers and vocational occupation in the land-based sector. Tim,…

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We need a new way to tackle the UK’s STEM skills gap. With STEM jobs expected to double over the next decade, British businesses and the UK economy are going to be hit even harder by the shortfall - currently…

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Stamp duty holiday: how to be smart about using your savings

Stamp duty holiday: how to be smart about using your savings   Putting the spare cash towards your mortgage can pay off in the long run. Prospective homebuyers received a welcome surprise in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Summer Statement: a stamp…

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Armed Forces Pensions – Dependents Benefits

Armed Forces Pensions – Dependents Benefits  One of the difficult but important subjects to address when leaving the Royal Navy or Royal Marines is to ensure that you and your family understand the consequences of your death, on your pension and more…

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Babcock is looking for Fitters

Babcock is looking for Marine Electrical Fitters to join the team that's at the forefront of supporting the Royal Navy fleet. You’ll play an integral role in ensuring the serviceability of warships and systems through detailed maintenance and refit periods…

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Armed Forces Pensions – McCloud Update - Removing discrimination arising from transitional protection

In April 2015 all public service pension schemes were reformed – for the members of the Armed Forces this was through the introduction of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015 (AFPS15).  As part of the 2015 reforms, those within 10…

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Are you leaving the Armed Forces? Are you entitled to a Resettlement Grant?

The Resettlement Grant is paid to Regular members of the Armed Forces who leave after 12 or more years’ service but before qualifying for any other form of immediate pension (IP) or Early Departure Payments (EDP) benefits. It is not…

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