Continuity of Education Allowance Survey

CEASIf your family claims the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) please take 5 minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will influence future policy, and will also allow the… More information

CEA Review Announcement Expected

It now seems likely that Ministers will be announcing the conclusions of the review into the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) next Tue 28 Jun, by means of a Written Parliamentary Statement. We will bring you more up-to-date news as we receive it…More information »

Our Stories in RAF News – Anger at CEA Review

Dear Families Federation, I am angry with the DASA Continuity of Education Allowance survey. I have been in receipt of CEA for seven years serving overseas. It was never our intent to put our children into boarding school. As a Serviceman I accept and can put up with being messed around, but I cannot be expected to gamble on something so important as family happiness and cohesion. Following our heads, not our hearts, we put our daughter in boarding school but what a decision it is to make. The real issue is that entering into CEA is a strategic decision for a family. Once entered into it has to be seen through otherwise the main purpose – stability in education – is lost. The DASA survey line of questioning implies much shorter-term options exist and pitches one dimensional issues against each other when the factors are far more complex, multi-dimensional and inter-related. The survey is biased. It needs to be debunked and an honest appraisal made of why CEA exists. Anything the RAF FF can do to bring this insidious threat to the Servicemen’s commitment to the attention of policy makers would be greatly appreciated…More information »

This Mornings News Furore

This mornings news furore on the crisis of morale within the Armed Forces was sparked by the Royal British Legion’s accusation that the Government had reneged on the Military Covenant. The Army Families Federation Chief Exec then took up the mantle to talk about CEA (Board) and the results of their own survey on the subject widening it in some interviews to represent wide dissatisfaction and low morale…More information »

Children’s Education Allowance (Board) – What is Happening?

Many RAF family members have contacted us to express concerns about the on-going review of the CEA (Board), with the current DASA survey creating particular anxiety. The RAF FF Chairman met with the Head of the Review Team, Mr Martin Fuller, at MoD on Tue 8 Feb and received a comprehensive brief on the methodology behind the Review. Mr Fuller confirmed that he was under remit to reduce the cost of the allowance and his Review. Whilst conducted at a faster pace than he would wish, he is examining a very wide range of options, all of which need to be costed and then presented to the Ministers, with appropriate staffing via the command chain of each Single Service before any decisions are made…More information »

Quick Vote – CEA SURVEY

CEA SURVEY. A survey on CEA has gone out via Dii. If you are receipt of CEA have YOU received the survey? If not, please let us know by email:

Mass Irritation over CEA Survey

Following our story ‘Beware CEA Survey’ and the Army Families Federation press release this afternoon, there is much irritation about the CEA Survey. Who has been asked to complete it; Who has not; A lack of access; Irritation at the way the questions have been phrased; The questions that are being asked… We too consider it to have been been very badly handled. Dawn McCafferty the RAF Families Federation Chairman is meeting with Martin Fuller, who is leading the Ministerial Review into CEA next week, and will be feeding in all comments made by RAF personnel and family members. We would encourage anyone in light blue, serving or non-serving, to let us know what they feel about CEA Board as the more evidence we have, the better. But please do it soon as the first opportunity to show our dissatisfaction is next week…More information »

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