Monday, 20 June 2016

Changes Outlined in DINs

Changes Outlined in DINs

If you need to see one of the DINs listed below, please ask any HIVE for help
  
1.    Changes to Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) Regulations.
In April 2015, the Defence People and Training Board (DPTB) commissioned a review of Service children’s Continuity of Education exploring the ways by which the MOD assists Service Personnel to ensure continuity of education for their children; one of those is through the provision of CEA. The Review is not yet complete; however, it has identified some areas where the governance can be further tightened to strengthen the eligibility criteria for claiming CEA that do not need to wait until the review’s completion before implementing. The changes to CEA will be implemented from the beginning of academic year 2016/17. Please ensure you read 2016DIN01-100 to find out if any of the new regulations affect you.  Additional assistance is available from the Children’s Education Advisory Service www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service or their helpline 01980 618 244 (Military 94344 8244).

2.    School Children’s Visits (SCV) – Unaccompanied Minors (UNMIN). 
On 24 February 2016 British Airways (BA) announced that its Skyflyer Solo UNMIN service will no longer be available. Pre-existing bookings will be honoured if the service has already been booked and paid for, providing the journey is completed by 31 January 2017. BA will now only accept children aged 12-18 years to fly alone. 2016DIN01-103 has been released and gives full details of options available to parents.

3.    Recruitment of Commonwealth Nationals into the Armed Forces.
The aim of this DIN, which is targeted at all Armed Forces personnel, the chain of command and those with responsibility for recruitment, is to confirm the UK residency criteria for recruitment into the Regular and Reserve Armed Forces and also to explain the circumstances in which an exemption to the criteria will be granted for individuals recruited into roles that require specialist skills. The new DIN 2016DIN01-086 replaces  2013DIN01-149.