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- Why do we need a Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership?
- What is the aim of the partnership
- What’s happening and when?
- Armed Forces Community Covenant (including Veterans Charter and Community Covenant Grant Scheme
- Who’s doing what?
- MCI Fact File
- MCI related information on the internet
- Further Information
The significant military presence in Wiltshire is changing again. The government announcement on Transforming the British Army (known as Army 2020), the Regular Army Basing Plan and new Defence College of Technical Training at Lyneham combined with other military related developments will have far reaching implications for local communities for the foreseeable future.
Why do we need a Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership?
Wiltshire Council working with 43 (Wessex) Brigade and partners need to assess what these military changes mean in terms of infrastructure, impact on the economy and delivery of services. Therefore, the Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership will continue to shape and positively influence these changes, where possible, for the benefit of the civilian and military communities.
The work of the MCI Partnership is based upon what is known as the Army’s Firm Base* policy and the Wiltshire Community Plan**. Also, the partnership acts as the Wiltshire Community Covenant Partnership for the purposes of the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme.
*The ‘Firm Base’ describes a secure environment, at home and overseas, that sustains the Army, enables training for, and deployment on, operations and ensures the consent and support of the public and host nations. Most of the activities required to support soldiers are linked – welfare and accommodation being good examples. The delivery of these services, therefore, requires working closely with the community (Source: MoD).
**People, places and promises, The Wiltshire Community Plan 2011-2026.
What is the aim of the partnership?
The aim of the MCI Partnership 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 7 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 the 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
Currently, there are 9 ‘work streams’ in the MCI Partnership:
Salisbury Plain Super Garrison/Army Rebasing
The Salisbury Plain Super Garrison is the ‘core’ work stream in the partnership. The significance of Army 2020 and the Army Basing Plan, involving troops returning from Germany and around £800m investment by MoD over the next 5 years or so, is being assessed. 20th Armoured Brigade with around 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.
A MOD exhibition providing information on the Army's plans to relocate personnel to the Salisbury Plain Training Area has been on display in Tidworth, Amesbury and Durrington with an opportunity for local communities to find out more about the Army’s Basing Programme and offering local people the opportunity to give feedback on initial plans. The exhibitions followed a Stakeholder Briefing for local communities at Wellington Academy on 27 November 2013.
- Presentation - Army rebasing involving local communities 262kb Presentation - Army rebasing involving local communities
- Army Basing Exhibition Material 1.9mb Army Basing Exhibition Material
- Potential sites for Service family accommodation - Bulford 891kb Potential sites for Service family accommodation
- Potential sites for Service family accommodation - Larkhill 657kb Potential sites for Service family accommodation - Larkhill
- Potential sites for Service family accommodation - Tidworth 1.0mb Potential sites for Service family accommodation - Tidworth
- Potential sites for Service family accommodation Perham Down 896kb Potential sites for Service family accommodation - Perham Down
Wiltshire Council is working closely with the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) estate management organisation - Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and agencies from across the county to make sure key facilities and infrastructure will be in place for both the local community and the service personnel and their families. The exhibitions raised awareness of the MOD’s future plans prior to formal consultation through the planning approvals process, which is likely to take place in early 2014. As part of the engagement process monthly newsletters are issued to Parish Council within the Amesbury, Pewsey, Tidworth and Warminster Area Boards.
Defence College of Technical Training
The new Defence College of Technical Training at Lyneham will open in late 2015, subject to planning permission, with around 2,000 students and staff. The construction phase is worth up to £230m and the winning contractor will be announced 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.
Armed Forces Covenant/Military Civilian Community Integration
Wiltshires Armed Forces Community Covenant Wiltshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant 289kb 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 also adopted its Wiltshires Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan Wiltshires Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan 367kb 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 is evidenced by actions which are set out in a plan describing what organisations are doing in partnership to meet the needs of Service veterans in the area.
Employment and Enterprise
The main purpose of this work is to support the employment and enterprise aspirations of Service leavers and their dependants; to offer support and guidance to those thinking of starting a business, business start-ups, and existing small businesses; to link this work stream into the Wiltshire Business Support Service and The Enterprise Network; and to work in collaboration with MoD’s Careers Transition Partnership for those seeking to be employed. Four new enterprise centres will be opening this year.
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.
Porton Science Park
The purpose of this work is to develop the infrastructure for the Porton Science Park including a new incubation centre by 2015. 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.
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.
Troops to Teachers
The Troops to Teachers initiative – currently under development – is a government backed scheme to recruit ex-Armed Forces personnel as teachers.
The evidence base for the partnership comes from 3 earlier research projects:
- Military Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region 2.9mb - This report examined the military presence in the South West (March 2009)
- Envisioning the Future 3.2mb Envisioning the Future - July 2009 - Military Civilian Integration programme - This report provided a comprehensive assessment of the military presence in Wiltshire (July 2009)
- Military population in Wiltshire and the South West region 5.4mb Military population in Wiltshire and the South West region - (October 2012)
Our latest research is focusing on mapping of the veterans’ community (due for publication by the end of 2013).
In August 2011 the MoD published information about funding of £30m (over 4 years) for a new Community Covenant Grant Scheme. The 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.
MoD recently changed the way in which grant scheme bids are considered. From now onwards the scheme will be administered on a regional basis. The fund will be distributed through a number of regional panels (3 per year), chaired on a rotating basis by the Royal Navy, Army and RAF. This year (2013 to 2014) MoD has some £10m to spend.
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 shown below:
- 13 December 2013
- 18 April 2014
- 22 August 2014
- 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 £589,049 has been drawn down into Wiltshire from the Community Covenant Grant Scheme. Successful projects have included support for families, advocacy for veterans, arts projects and improved sports and community facilities.
The MCI Partnership Board provides strategic direction and guidance to the partnership and MCI Delivery Group.
The Board comprises: The Leader Wiltshire Council, Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Transport, Corporate Director, Service Director Economy & Enterprise, Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership representative, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Defence Technical Training, Homes & Communities Agency, Community First/Plain Action, and work stream leads as necessary. The Board meets every 8-10 weeks.
The MCI Delivery Group measures progress on the work streams in the partnership.
The Delivery Group comprises: Corporate Director, Service Director Economy & Enterprise, and representatives from the Communications Team, Communities & Voluntary Sector Support, Economy & Enterprise Projects, Finance, HQ 43 (Wessex) Brigade, Housing, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Plain Action Programme Manager, Public Health, Research, Schools Strategic Planning, Spatial Planning, and the MCI Manager. The Delivery Group meets about every 6 weeks.
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- Currently, around 15,000 military personnel and an estimated 16,000 dependants are based 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 and the Army Basing Plan will attract multi-million pound investment into the county
- Defence Technical Training will move to Lyneham from 2012
- The Personnel Recovery Centre at Tedworth House, Tidworth – funded by Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and MoD – officially opened in 2012
- Military changes are most likely to impact on communities in Amesbury, Bulford, Calne, Chippenham, Corsham, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury, Tidworth, and Warminster.
- 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
For further information, please contact: Ian Cambrook, MCI Manager, Pidela Consulting: email@example.com
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Last updated: 6 December 2013