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The DPF have asked if we could circulate the attached Circular 21/23 which draws attention to a change in solicitors handling the Pension Discrimination claims. The claims were successful and solicitors secured compensation payments for eligible members who in 2016 signed up to be part of the action.
However a number of these members have since retired and may be unaware of the compensation payment which they may be eligible to receive. These retired officers may also have changed their email address so are not receiving the correspondence from solicitors to enable the claims to be paid.
The new firm of solicitors – Thompsons – handling the claims require the consent of individual members in order to process matters.
Any ROA member who signed up to the claim in 2016 is requested to take action immediately as outlined in the attached circular – please click here to view.
Charity for Civil Servants: ‘we not me’
As a civil servant you know you’re part of something much bigger. A community of people who care about each other. The Charity for Civil Servants believes that everyone in the Civil Service is more than just a ‘me’. You’re part of a huge community of people that care about each other, and support each other.
And when life gets tough, we want you to know that you’re not alone. The Charity for Civil Servants can help connect you to the right help. And through us, you can also lend a hand to colleagues who need it too.
This Charities & Partners Week, why not sign up to receive regular updates from your charity into your inbox. And if you know anyone else who could benefit from hearing about the Charity for Civil Servants, please let them know.
By supporting your charity, you can help colleagues in their times of need – we’re your charity, and we’re here to help.
Simple Budget Calculator from Charity for Civil Servants
Make a positive change to your finances this year
As most of us move away from using cash, keeping track of our money can quickly become a challenge if we’re not regularly checking our bank accounts.
Taking an active approach to managing finances can prevent stress caused by accidental overspending. By tracking your weekly expenditure using The Charity for Civil Servants’ Weekly Spending Diary, you’ll get a better idea of where your money goes and it’ll help you figure out where to cut back. You can also check if your online banking app has a useful money-tracking and budgeting feature.
Once you’ve calculated your weekly spending, you can then use the Charity’s simple Budget Calculator to get an overall picture of your financial health and receive advice based on your results.
The Charity for Civil Servants supports all current, former and retired civil servants throughout their lives, listening without judgement and offering practical, financial and emotional support.
Government has confirmed that Civil Service pensions which have been in payment for a year will be increased by 10.1% from 10th April 2023 in line with the September to September Consumer Price Index.Oct 2022
The next Annual General Meeting & Reunion will be held at The Queens at Chester, City Road, Chester,
Cheshire, CH1 3AH on Friday 6th to Monday 9th October 2023. Please click here to download the booking form.
An update regarding ROA annual subscriptions can be found here.
Please click here to read the ROA Newsletter for August.
Force Magazine – Talk Through
Members will be aware that for the past two years the Force Magazine TT has not been printed in hard copy and only been accessible on-line in digital format. In fact the last one to appear was Issue 171 in July 2021.
We have now been advised about a decision taken by the Ministry of Defence that printed publications such as newspapers, magazines, promotional journals including marketing & communication materials are to cease and from now on digital issue publications should be the default position.
This decision has impacted on MDP and in effect means that Talk Through will no longer be published. Instead the Force will publish articles in ‘real time’ and sign post on their social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. There are two other external channels – GOV.UK – the MDP Website and Medium – MDP Home page.
Both the GOV.UK and Medium channels are easily accessible and on the Medium channel you can sign up with your email address to receive an email whenever the MDP publishes something.
Naturally this move is disappointing to ROA as not all members are fully committed to the digital age and this is something we will take up with the force.
The external channels can be accessed by clicking on the following links:
You may be aware that the DPF have been running discrimination claims through the Employment Tribunal following the reforms to the public sector pensions in 2015.
Part of this process was to also lodge injury to feelings claims for all officers who initially signed up to be part of the DPF Claims.
The Government have now offered to settle these injury to feelings claims out of court and DPF have published a circular updating members of this and requesting that they ensure DPF hold their up to date address and contact details in order that they can communicate with individuals to seek acceptance of the offer.
There is every likelihood that some ROA members who have retired after the claims were lodged in 2016 may be due a compensation payment.
DPF circular 21.22 is included below for your attention and action if necessary.
Government Reply on Triple Lock dated 01 December 2021 – Please click here to read the attached correspondence.
Government Reply on Winter Fuel Allowance dated 02 March 2022 – Please click here to read the attached correspondence.
Please click here to read Issue 6 of the ROA News.
Our AGM/Reunion was held over the weekend 8th to 11th October 2021 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Harrogate. It was well attended with 68 present including guests. This year we were most pleased to welcome ACC Andrea Bishop who kindly stood in for Andy Adams CCMDP, Hon President of the ROA, who was unable to attend owing to a family commitment.
Chairman Geoff Heal, Secretary David King and Treasurer Ken Hicks provided reports and updates of the various activities during the past two years. Both ACC Andrea Bishop and Eamon Keating, DPF Chairman also addressed the meeting.
The current officers and committee were re-elected in addition to two new members, Mel Goudie to the position of Vice Chair and Catriona McBeath as Assistant Secretary. Full details can be found here.
Unfortunately one of our members Lynn Nixon was taken seriously ill on the Sunday afternoon while spending some free time in York. She was admitted to hospital and following treatment, fitted with a pacemaker. Pleased to say that Lynn is now at home making a good recovery.
Given that our 2020 reunion had to be cancelled it was really good that we were able to meet up again socially and enjoy each others company.
Details of the Committee can be found here
The latest on-line edition of Talk Through has been published and can be accessed from the link below:
MDP 50th Anniversary
You may already be aware that this year the MDP celebrates its 50thanniversary. Work is currently underway by staff in the Force Communications Department collating content, including information about MDP’s history for the anniversary campaign and would like the ROA to take an active part in the 50th celebrations.
ROA members who would like to contribute to the celebrations with interesting historical facts, pictures, quotes, stories, anecdotes (these could be told to camera as opposed to being written, like a vlog if easier) etc. that they might like to share and give permission to use on both the Forces internal and external communication channels are asked to get in touch with MDP’s Corporate Communications Department by email – email@example.com including a copy to our Liaison Officer Supt Sandy Stewart – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia support from The Charity for Civil Servants
The Charity for Civil Servants have teamed up with Dementia UK to offer a new service.
If you, or someone you know, is affected by dementia, you can now access a range of specialist information and support. If you can’t find what you need on the site, you can request to speak directly to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse at a time and in a way that suits you.*
Visit cfcs.dementiauk.org to get started.
Accessing the service should be done through a personal device in order to receive the best service. Should you have any queries about this service please contact Linda Eades, Head of Caring Services,email@example.com
*subject to availability
The Force has recently published its Annual Business Plan and Corporate Plan. It can be accessed from the link below:
The latest edition of Talk Through has been published on-line and can be accessed via the link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/talk-through-magazines
Booking Form 2021 AGM Reunion
Our AGM & Annual Reunion is scheduled to take place during weekend 8th to 11th October 2021. It will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Harrogate.
The Booking Form can be found by clicking here.
We are sorry to announce the cancellation of our 2020 AGM/Reunion for the reasons outlined in letter by Chairman, Geoff Heal.
We are unable to circulate the latest edition of the Force Magazine ‘Talk Through’ however it can be accessed on-line via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/talk-through-magazines
We are sorry to announce that Hoseasons and Cottages.com have terminated their agreement with us. The company have told us that owing to the coronavirus pandemic they have decided to rationalise their business and cease working with any partner that doesn’t meet certain volume thresholds.
The Charity for Civil Servants: here for you
The Charity for Civil Servants supports all civil servants, past and present, throughout their lives, when times are tough, listening without judgement and offering practical, financial and emotional support. And they really do help with whatever problems you may have.
In these challenging times we want to remind you that the Charity is here for you. All our wellbeing support has been brought together in one easy place, giving access to online help, wellbeing webinars, the Wellbeing Hub and DogBot.
We encourage people to sign up to receive regular updates and wellbeing content from us. Click here to sign up, and don’t forget to share this with colleagues.
You may find it helpful to visit the Charity’s website – www.foryoubyyou.org.uk – to find out more about its help and advisory services or to see how you can get involved; or call 0800 056 2424 for further information.
A reminder from our Membership Secretary that in addition to the Life Membership fee of £20, there is an annual contribution of £5 per family household payable to the association.
IMPORTANT: You could be owed a tax refund
If you pay tax, there’s a fairly high chance you’ve paid too much!
Over 1 in 3 taxpayers have paid more tax than they needed to after being given the wrong tax code by HMRC.
Checking you’ve been given the right tax code is even more important now, as there are new tax allowances that if you’re entitled to use them, could see you losing over £662 this year alone if you miss out.
If you wish to use this service, the main facts you need to know are:
• Your review is FREE if you do not get a tax refund
• For every £1 you get back off HMRC, you keep 62p (minimum fee £38*)
• You also keep ALL the money you save where you get a new tax code
To find out if you are due a refund click here
This is your hard earned money. Why let The Revenue keep it?
* If your refund is under £38, the minimum fee will be reduced to the same value as your refund so you have nothing more to pay.
Call The Tax Refund Company Customer Service Team on
0161 968 7345 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm) or see our FAQ’s at www.thetaxrefundcompany.co.uk/faqs
Staysure Travel Insurance
Members of the ROA now have the option of contacting Staysure Travel Insurance and getting a 20% Discount.
When contacting Staysure on 0800 804 8184 the Member should quote the code word “LOCAL“ and a 20% discount should be applied.