Local Authority Families Brief

The Wiltshire Local Authority Families Briefs took place last week. Those families who attended came away with lots of useful information, had many of their questions answered and left with an increasingly positive feeling about their moves back to the UK next summer.

We have put together a summary of the headlines from the brief and will be putting together a series of posts over the next week with more detail on each of the individual topics.

Redeployment Overview

34 units in total are due to move in 2019. As well as BFG units rebasing there are a number of moves taking place within the UK. There will be a total of 11,500 personnel moving between June-September 2019. To support this huge move there are currently major building projects taking place to ensure that both homes and barracks are ready to receive families and the units. All building works are on track, in fact some are even slightly ahead of schedule thanks to the excellent weather this summer.

Families with school-aged children will move during a concentrated period, which will start when schools close on 17 July 2019 and end 1-2 weeks before the school term starts again. The aim is to have all families with school aged children rebased in this period.

At the peak there will be 27 families per day leaving BFG.

The Army Movement Guide video will take you through every stage of your move. The 2019 version is currently being developed to support the moves next summer. We will announce when the new film is released – so please watch out for this. In addition, you will receive a Rebasing Booklet to support you with your move out of BFG. This will be available from the end of October 2018.

Schooling

The key difference between MOD schools and schools in the UK is that you will have to go through an application process – your children will not automatically be allocated a school place.

There are two types of schooling applications:

  • Main Round – This is for children needing a place in either Reception (FS2), Year 3 or Year 7.
  • In-Year Transfers – All other school years.

The application windows for all applications are in the table below. The main round window is open now!

Year Application Opening Date Application Closing Date Offer Date
Reception 01 Sep 18 15 Jan 19 16 Apr 19
Year 3 01 Sep 18 15 Jan 19 16 Apr 19
Year 7 01 Sep 18 31 Oct 18 01 Mar 19
All Other Years 01 Feb 19 01 Apr 19 Considered from 31 May 19

The earlier an application is submitted within the window the better. Families applying now for Main Round school places will need to use the postcode of your new barracks location. Your Welfare Teams will be able to advise you further on this. Applications for schools in Wiltshire can be made online www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schools-learning-admissions-online or in paper. You will require a supporting letter signed by the Commanding Officer – your Welfare Teams will be able to ensure you have this in place. Application timings are the same for all schools across England. If you are moving to Scotland timings may be slightly different, so make sure you understand when the key timings are.

Housing

There are currently 5,500 SFA across Salisbury Plain Training Area. A further 917 new homes are being built. The split of families being allocated a new build or an existing SFA is likely to be approximately 60% existing stock and 40% new homes.

Applications for SFA will be made using the online E1132. Your Unit Welfare Teams will be able to assist and provide you with a unique code that you will need to enter in lieu of an Assignment Order Reference. The deadline for housing application will be mid-November 2018. Further details to follow.

The majority of families will be allocated homes within the area around of the barracks. However, if you have a specific requirement and wish to be housed elsewhere then you must engage with your welfare team as soon as possible, so that your family’s requirements are submitted to the allocation panel correctly.

Allocation panels will sit in February 2019 and you will be notified of your new address in March 2019.

Employment

The job market in Wiltshire is very healthy and Wiltshire Council, as well as a number of key employers across Wiltshire, are looking forward to the influx of additional families with dependents that will be joining the workforce. You may find the websites below useful to start researching job opportunities. Make sure you also read the Employment and Training Rebasing Bulletin that will be posted through your doors next week.

Useful Websites

www.workwiltshire.co.uk

www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi

www.jobs.nhs.uk/

www.indeed.co.uk/