ROA Announcements

We are sorry to announce the cancellation of our 2020 AGM/Reunion for the reasons outlined in letter by Chairman, Geoff Heal.

Please click here to read the Chairmans letter.


Talk Through

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


Membership Services

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.

The Charity’s support covers a wide range of issues including Money Advice, Wellbeing  and Caring.

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.


Annual Contribution

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

For full details please click here

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.

ANY QUESTIONS?

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.

ROA News & Alerts


Financial support from The Charity for Civil Servants

Life throws up many challenges, and frequently they go hand in hand with money worries. Particularly at this current time, financial worries can be intertwined with fears around the pandemic.

The Charity can help with all sorts of financial issues, whether your income has suddenly reduced from job loss or ill health, or whether you’re unable to pay for essential items that need replacing. You may have taken the steps to leave a relationship and need to move on, or you may have lost someone and find it hard to cope financially, as well as struggling with bereavement.

They can’t promise to pay for everything you need, but they’ll work with you to understand what they can help with, and look at your individual needs in confidence and without judgement.

For further information about the many ways the Charity can help, take a look at their website or call to speak to an Adviser in confidence on Freephone 0800 056 2424

My Document Locator

The ROA has made available to members a 'My Document Locator' which is produced in the form of a booklet that can be used as a check list of personal documents that records where key personal records, assets and papers can be located in the event of death or incapacity. It is not a Will but simply a check list. The booklet can be downloaded by clicking here.