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 Veterans Scotland Newsletter

December 2017

Support for Veterans and the Armed Forces Community in Scotland

As you may be aware on Thursday 16 November 2017  the Scottish Parliament held a debate around the support for the Veterans and Armed Forces Community in Scotland.

A link to the coverage of the debate is available here: Debate-support-for-veterans-and-the-armed-forces-community-in-scotland

Veterans Scotland welcomes this debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Support for Veterans and the Armed Forces in Scotland and the associated release of the Scottish Governments publication on their support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland.

A link to the Scottish Governments report is shown below. This document sets out the Scottish Governments current achievements and future priorities, and highlights the work the Scottish Government is taking forward to respond to the recommendations made in the Scottish Veterans Commissioner’s three reports: Transition in Scotland, the Provision of Information on Housing for Service Leavers and Veterans in Scotland and the Veterans Community - Employability, Skills and Learning.:

Scottish Government support for Veterans and the Armed Forces Community in Scotland

Scottish Veterans Commissioner’s reports

Congratulations to Salute My Job

Veterans Scotland would like to congratulate all those at Salute My Job on being awarded an rmed Forces Covenant Employers Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for our support to the Armed Forces @DRM_Support


Personal development and education opportunities

You may wish to read the November 2017 issue of the Quest magazine which looks to assist both those entering the Transition process and also those who are looking for information of the various options available to them; a link to it is copied below.
We are all aware of the need to make well informed choices when preparing for transition to ensure that it is successful. Veterans Scotland feel this is an excellent guide to personal development and education opportunities; whilst we are aware that it is pitched primarily at those in the Services preparing to transition to civilian life, there are a number of good examples of things to do once they have entered civilian life.
We would particularly recommend the following pages of the magazine:
1. Plan Ahead. Pages 44-45.
2. Courses and Events. Pages 60-61.
3. Transition Fact file. Pages 62-65.

Changes to Universal Credit Freephone numbers

Changes to Universal Credit telephone numbers came into effect from 29 November 2017 for the services included below.  
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Libor 2017: Grant Commitments

In 2012, HM Treasury announced that:

The proceeds from LIBOR fines would be used to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes that represent those that demonstrate the very best of values.

With £773 million committed since 2012, the LIBOR grant scheme is now closed.

Veterans Scotland would like to congratulate all those who have been successful with their bids to the Libor Fund. 

Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you hold and process information about your clients, employees or suppliers, you are legally obliged to protect that information. Under the Data Protection Act you must:
  • Only collect information that you need for a specific purpose
  • Keep it secure
  • Ensure it is relevant and up to date
  • Only hold as much as you need, and only for as long as you need it
  • Allow the subject of the information to see it on request
If you handle personal information you may need to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a data controller. Notification is a statutory requirement and every organisation that processes personal information must notify the ICO unless they are exempt. Failure to notify is a criminal offence.
The ICO has an online Data Protection Self-Assessment Toolkit which provides a ‘health check’ of where organisations are currently in relation to the specific areas covered in the toolkit: records management, security and the handling of subject access requests.
For the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is likely to come in 2018, the ICO has produced a Preparing for the GDPR – 12 Steps guide for organisations to assess current practice in specific areas, and what they should be considering over the next two years.
Organisations can also sign up to the E-newsletter | ICO to stay up to date with new guidance as and when it is released.
Further information
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
ICO Helpline: 0303 123 1113
You can also contact them by Email or live Chat online
Veterans Scotland are also looking facilitate additional advice and support for any of our member organisations that may require this service.
Veterans Assist is the website created by Veterans Scotland which provides information on where veterans or those supporting them can go to seek help or advice on numerous topics whenever they need it here in Scotland. 
Visit Veterans Assist website NOW

Citizen Advice Bureau

There are over 60 Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) across Scotland, offering face-to-face advice on a wide range of issues. CAB are independently run and staffed by well-trained volunteers dedicated to providing high quality, free, confidential, independent advice.

Search your location to find the location, opening times and contact details of your nearest CAB.

Find a Bureau

Legion Scotland continue to co-ordinate a number of events and activities, further details are available on their website.

The first point of contact for veterans seeking support

We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

The Veterans Scotland Information booklet 2017, includes details of the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.  Hard copies are also available from the veterans Scotland office if required.

Information Booklet.


Cobseo News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Cobseo Members.

Please also find a link the the Cobseo Newsletter date 3 Nov here:


Articles for Inclusion

If any of the Veterans Scotland membership organisations have articles for inclusion within the newsletter please forward them to the Veterans Scotland Office manager at: 
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