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The Military Civilian Integration Partnership in Wiltshire
Wiltshire has a significant military presence which over the last 10 years has seen major changes.
Assessing the impact of those changes has been the role of Wiltshire Council and its partners who have worked together to consider what these military changes mean for communities in terms of infrastructure, impact on the economy and delivery of services.
This joint working is known as the Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership which was set up around 2007. The partnership continues to shape and positively influence these changes, where possible, for the benefit of the civilian and military communities. It also acts as the Wiltshire Community Covenant Partnership for the purposes of the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme which awards grants to projects bringing civilian and military communities together.
A series of government announcements on transforming the British Army (known as Army 2020), the Army Basing Plan – with troops returning from Germany – and the new Defence College of Technical Training at MoD Lyneham, combined with other military related developments, will have far reaching implications for local communities in the foreseeable future.
In 2015 central government will initiate further changes with a Strategic Defence and Security Review which could bring about further changes on the size and role of the Armed Services in Wiltshire. The MCI Partnership will have a key role to play.
Who is Involved in the Partnership?
The following are represented on the MCIP Board:
- Wiltshire Council - The Council Leader (Chair); Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Skills and Strategic Transport; a Corporate Director; Director Economic Development and Planning and the MCI Manager
- HQ 43 (Wx) Brigade - Commanding Officer
- The Defence Infrastructure Organisation
- Defence College of Technical Training
- The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
- The Homes & Communities Agency
- Voluntary Sector (represented by Community First)
The MCI Partnership Board meets on average every 10 weeks and provides strategic direction and guidance to the partnership and MCI Delivery Group.
The MCI Delivery Group aims to meet every six weeks and measures progress on the partnership work streams. The Delivery Group comprises:
- Corporate Director,
- Associate Director Economic Development and Planning
- Representatives from the Communications Team,
- Communities & Voluntary Sector Support,
- Economy &Enterprise Programme Manager
- Army Basing Programme Manager ,
- Public Health, Research,
- Schools Strategic Planning,
- Spatial Planning,
- HQ 43 (Wessex) Brigade,
- NHS Clinical Commissioning Group,
- Plain Action Programme Manager,
- The MCI Manager.
What is the aim of the partnership?
The aim of the MCI Partnership, through integration, is to optimise the economic and social benefits of the military presence in the county. In turn, such integration will benefit Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, and local communities.
The partnership has seven main objectives:
- To identify and respond to the changing military ‘footprint’ in Wiltshire
- To maximise the economic contribution of the military to the county
- To enable the realignment of service provision by the council and its partners to meet the changing needs of the military, their families (known as dependants) and veterans
- To capitalise on opportunities for regeneration and building sustainable communities in line with the Army Basing Plan
- To ensure the county continues to remain an attractive location for our Armed Forces and long-term investment by MOD
- To encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces through the Wiltshire Community Covenant
- To assist service leavers, and redundees in particular, in career transition and into employment in the area, helping soldiers back into society
What’s happening and when?
Currently, there are eight‘work streams’ that the MCI Partnership manages:
1. Army Basing
The MOD's announcement on Army 2020 and the Army Basing Plan, outlined the number of troops returning from Germany and around £800m investment by MOD over the next four years. 20th Armoured Brigade with over 4,000 troops will relocate from Germany to the Salisbury Plain area in 2018-19. It is anticipated that other government departments will also be investing in infrastructure in the Salisbury Plain area. Details of specific unit relocations and timescales are contained within a briefing note prepared by Wiltshire Council for local town and parish councils affected:
Wiltshire Council is working closely with the MOD's estate management organisation, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), and agencies from across the country to make sure key facilities and infrastructure will be in place for both the local community and the military personnel and their families. The MOD formally consulted on its development proposals during March and April this year, following which its amended Masterplan was available for public comment in June. Further details are outlined below. This was preceded by local stakeholder briefings in November 2013 and January 2014 at the Wellington Academy. In addition exhibitions providing information on the Army's plans to relocate personnel to the Salisbury Plain Training Area were on display in Tidworth, Amesbury and Durrington providing an opportunity for local communities to find out more about the Army’s Basing Plans. These allowed local people to give feedback on initial plans.
As part of the engagement process monthly newsletters are issued to parish councils within the Amesbury, Pewsey, Tidworth and Warminster Area Boards.
Army Basing Masterplan update
In February 2014 the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) launched a six-week consultation on the draft Salisbury Plain Masterplan which set out proposed developments to accommodate the extra personnel and their families. The consultation closed on 1 April 2014. During the consultation period a public meeting hosted by Tidworth Area Board on 3 March 2014 was held at the Wellington Academy when more than 200 people from the Tidworth, Salisbury, Amesbury, Pewsey and Warminster community areas, attended to find out more about the consultation and proposals. Following the end of the public consultation period, DIO analysed the feedback and produced its final Masterplan which was available for further public comment in May / June. People were able to view the Masterplan at Durrington, Tidworth, Amesbury, Ludgershall and Salisbury libraries during May - June 2014 A public meeting was held on 28 May 2014, which saw around 90 people attend to discuss the Masterplan and the next steps. Targeted stakeholder briefings were held with the statutory authorities (English Heritage, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Highways Authority) as well as education and health providers.
Thereafter it was submitted to Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) on 30 July 2014. A record of this meeting can be found at: http://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=145&MId=9084
Following the presentation of the Masterplan to the SPC, a series of planning applications for development at the various Army bases will be submitted by the DIO. The first is anticipated in the Autumn 2014.
2. Defence College of Technical Training
The new Defence College of Technical Training at MOD Lyneham will open in early 2016 with around 2,000 students and staff. Planning permission was granted in October 2013. The construction contract for the first stage of work, worth around £121m, was awarded to Hercules, a joint venture of Kier and Balfour Beatty in December 2013. The ‘end state’ will see around 5,500 students and staff on site by 2019.
The Lyneham Steering Group brings together community related groups affected by the transition to Defence Technical Training to provide a ‘voice’ for their particular concerns and resolve issues, where possible.
3. Armed Forces Covenant/Military Civilian Community Integration
Wiltshire's Armed Forces Community Covenant Wiltshire's Armed Forces Community Covenant Wiltshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant 11mb was launched in August 2011. The aim of the Community Covenant, including the grant scheme, is to encourage local communities to support the service community and nurture understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. For more information on the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, including the deadlines set by MOD, see the grant scheme section at the end of these work streams.
Wiltshire's Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan Wiltshire's Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan Wiltshire's Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan 367kb was adopted in 2011. The charter confirms support from the broader community and the wide range of organisations delivering services across all sectors to Service veterans and their families. The charter describes the work of organisations to meet the needs of Service veterans in the area.
4. Employment and Enterprise
The main purpose of this work is to support the employment and enterprise aspirations of service leavers and military dependants. Also, it offers support and guidance to those thinking of starting a business.
This work stream links into the Wiltshire Business Support Service and The Enterprise Network and works in collaboration with MOD’s Careers Transition Partnership Four new enterprise centres (Castledown, Ludgershall; Old Fire Station, Salisbury; Manor House, Royal Wootton Bassett; and White Horse, Trowbridge) have been opened across the county. It is hoped to expand this network imminently.
5. City Deal 2
City Deal is a Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) initiative – currently being negotiated with government departments – to unlock the economic potential of the military presence and use the skills of service leavers to support business growth. SWLEP and the MCI are working in collaboration to achieve these outcomes.
The deal has now been incorporated into the recent Local Growth Deal which will see £129.1million invested in Swindon and Wiltshire. £12.8million has been confirmed in the first year, and as part of the Government's on-going commitment to the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP it has provided an indicative award of a further £116.3million of funding from 2016/17 onwards. The deal will help to create up to 1,500 jobs, allow up to 2,000 homes to be built and generate up to £70million in public and private investment.
6. Porton Science Park
The aim of this work is to develop the infrastructure for the Porton Science Park including a new incubation centre. Tetricus, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and Public Health England - Porton (formerly the Health Protection Agency) are involved in the new science park development which was awarded £10m through the Regional Growth Fund
7. University Technical College
The University Technical College (UTC) partnership will establish a new college, specialising in Science and Engineering for around 600 14-18 year olds, in Salisbury. The distinctive characteristic of UTCs is their close links with employers, including 43 (Wessex) Brigade, and universities. The college will open with an initial cohort of 14-16 year olds in September 2015 and is estimated to be worth £40m over the next decade.
8. Troops to Teachers
The Troops to Teachers programme is a government backed scheme to recruit the very best ex-Armed Forces personnel as teachers. Bath Spa University is part of a consortium of six universities working with a range of outstanding primary and secondary schools to support the development and delivery of the programme. The consortium will enable ex-Armed Forces personnel to train to teach by accessing newly created initial teacher training routes.
In addition to the above wok streams Wiltshire Council has at the behest of the Partnership, undertaken a number of research projects which are detailed below:
- Military Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region Military Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region Military Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region 3mb - This report examined the military presence in the South West (March 2009)
- Envisioning the Future Envisioning the Future 3mb - This report provided a comprehensive assessment of the military presence in Wiltshire (July 2009)
- Military population in Wiltshire and the South West region Military population in Wiltshire and the South West region - (October 2012)
- Veteran population in Wiltshire - Feburary 2014 Veteran Population in Wiltshire (February 2014) 4mb
Community Covenant Grant Scheme
The Community Covenant Grant Scheme is intended to provide financial support to projects at the local level, which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live. This scheme is administered on a regional basis through a number of panels (3 per year), chaired on a rotating basis by the Royal Navy, Army and RAF.
More information about the criteria and an application form is available at the MoD website. Deadlines for the grant scheme are set by the MOD. All applications, however, must be endorsed by the local Community Covenant Partnership (in Wiltshire this is the MCI Partnership). Therefore, all completed applications should be sent to VCS@wiltshire.gov.uk
Deadline dates for applications for future rounds are:
- 15 December 2014
Applications need to be sent to the Communities and Voluntary Sector Support (CVSS) unit at Wiltshire Council using the email address above. The earlier you can submit an application the better as this gives the CVSS unit a chance to gather further information, if necessary, before the application is submitted to the Wiltshire panel for endorsement. Applications need to be endorsed locally before they are submitted to the regional panel.
So far funding of £760,773 has been drawn down into Wiltshire from the Community Covenant Grant Scheme. Read the Community Covenant Newsletter Community Covenant Newsletter 213kb for more information on the local projects that have been awarded funding.
MCI Partnership - Fact File
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- Currently, around 15,000 military personnel and an estimated 16,000 dependants are based in Wiltshire
- It is estimated that there are about 54,000 veterans in Wiltshire
- The military is the biggest employer in Wiltshire
- Many more jobs are ‘Defence dependent’
- The spending power of military personnel is worth over £450m per year
- The development of the Salisbury Plain Super Garrison as a result of the Army Basing Plan will attract multi-million pound investment by MoD of around £800m into the county
- The Defence College of Technical Training will open at MoD Lyneham in early 2016 – the construction contract is worth around £121m
- Tedworth House, Tidworth, is one of four Recovery Centres run by Help for Heroes which form part of the Defence Recovery Capability
- Around 1,000 young people are members of the cadet forces in Wiltshire
- MoD makes a significant contribution towards conservation and environmental protection in Wiltshire
MCI-related information on the internet
- 43 (Wessex) Brigade
- Army Basing Programme
- Defence Technical Training Change Programme
- Plain Action
- The Enterprise Network
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Last updated: 1 September 2014