Whether you have been working in Cyprus or not, as a Service spouse or civil partner you will be able to claim National Insurance credits to maintain your National Insurance record for time spent accompanying your soldier in Cyprus post 6 April 2010.
These National Insurance credits will protect your entitlement to the basic state pension and certain contribution-based Social Security benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.
So, if you are leaving Cyprus soon (or at any time in the future) you are encouraged to apply for your credits by completing the form which can be found here. You will need to have it verified by your welfare office.
Some spouses have been led to believe that they do not have to apply for the credits if they have been claiming state benefits whilst in Cyprus, for example Child Benefit, but that is not the case; irrespective of whether you have been claiming any state benefits or not you will still have to make a separate application for your National Insurance credits.
Army Reservists from across the north of England are currently on duty with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Private Belinda Houghton, from Blackpool, is among those serving on the six month tour, and she's been writing about the experience on the official British Armyblog ...
For Three Weeks in October a group of wives from the British Retained Site met weekly to crochet Poppy Badges for the Royal British Legion. The aim of the group was to crochet twenty poppies and sell them in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
The Poppy Project was a huge success and all poppy badges were sold out within days of going on sale.
Extra poppies were made and to date we have raised over €150.
A huge thank you to Caren, Gemma, Jenni, Louise, Judith, Nikki, Sandra, Leanne and Harriet for participating. And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who bought our poppies.
And if you haven't been there yet here is a season round up for 2016.
It was a
wonderful season at WaterWorld Watrepark Ayia Napa, where spectacular events
and many surprises were organized for all visitors to enjoy. WaterWorld also
celebrated 20 amazing years since it first opened its doors in 1996. The award
winning waterpark managed to impress its visitors yet again and proved that it
is not just another waterpark but a venue that promises fun moments and