Redundancy


Army Redundancy Update Edition 13 - September 2013

AFF statement on Tranche 4 redundancies

AFF will continue to support Army families navigating their way through the redundancy process. It is always a very unsettling time for families as they face an uncertain future potentially losing the security of their only income and their home. For those who can’t afford a mortgage or commercial rents, the transition to social housing is far from smooth, and experiences vary from local authority to local authority. We have Specialists at hand, as well as Co-ordinators, reaching out to families on the ground. Looking forward, AFF remains concerned with the perceptible increase in soldier's working hours and has supported this with a survey and comprehensive report. Further cuts to manpower is likely to exacerbate these long working hours even if only in the short/medium term and this has a very real and detrimental effect on family life.

Are you or your serving soldier in the bracket for this year’s redundancies? If you think Tranche 4 redundancy will affect your family and you want to know more then take a look at this fact sheet produced by the Army. The redundancy process can be daunting and confusing so if you want to talk to someone or ask specific questions AFF may be able to help! Contact Caroline Mayne, AFF Employment Training Allowances and Money Specialist on 07799 045 955 or etam@aff.org.uk.

Click here for a series of videos produced by the Army on aspects of redundancy.

AFF has put together a list of FAQs asked by families about the upcoming redundancies. Information is gathered largely from the DINs issued regarding redundancy – your soldier should have a copy. 

We will add to it when other questions come in.   

Below are the questions and answers.

Categories:
General
Money
Housing
Employment
Additional Needs
Education
Foreign & Commonwealth

GENERAL

Q. If my soldier is made redundant on 12th June when can he/she start their resettlement?  Click here to show answer

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Q. Where can we get more support? Click here to show answer

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Q. What is the right of appeal for a solider against selection for redundancy? Click here to show answer

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Q. Legally if someone is on notice of redundancy they are entitled to "reasonable" time off to look for another job. Does this mean if I am stationed abroad and I have a job interview in the UK that I would be allowed time off to attend the interview?  Click here to show answer

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Q. If my serving soldier gets offered a job early – can he/she leave in order to take up the job?  Click here to show answer

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Q. How is the MOD liaising with local councils to ensure that families who may be made homeless as a result of redundancy are given assistance with trying to secure a council house?  Click here to show answer

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Q. Can I apply for redundancy even though I am not on the list? Click here to show answer

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Q. Why aren't we being informed about the numbers of eligible personnel within each bracket? I would like to be able to judge how many I am up against. Click here to show answer

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Q. Do you just select the soldiers who are bottom of their year leaving those who are scoring as middle now at the bottom? Click here to show answer

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Q. What does LoS (MP) mean? Click here to show answer

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Q. If a soldier applies for voluntary redundancy whilst on operations, can the application be retracted once the soldier returns from tour? Can consideration be given to a soldier asking for a retraction if the soldier had experienced a 'difficult' tour? Click here to show answer

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MONEY

Q. How is LSAP affected by redundancy? Click here to show answer

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Q. Is the final payout taken from the date they were notified of redundancy or termination date? Click here to show answer

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Q. Is the final payout taken from the date they were notified of redundancy or termination date? Click here to show answer

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Q. Do volunteers and non-volunteers get the same financial pay out? Click here to show answer

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Q. How much will the redundancy payment be? Click here to show answer

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Q. Will the redundancy pay-out be taxed? Click here to show answer

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Q. When will we receive the redundancy payment? Click here to show answer

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For information about a Service pension we suggest that the soldier speaks to their chain of command but AFF recommends the Forces Pension Society who can provide independent, confidential and accurate advice. There is a membership fee but they are a valuable tool when considering leaving the Forces.

For further details please contact the AFF Employment, Training, Allowances and Money Specialist on 0779 9045955 or email etam@aff.org.uk.  

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HOUSING

Q. My husband has been made compulsory redundant. My daughter will be half way through her GCSEs and BTEC course when we have to vacate our SFA. Nowhere else offers the same courses and exam boards as her current school. Can we stay? Click here to show answer

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Q. My soldier is leaving the Army on redundancy. When will we be expected to vacate our Service Families Accommodation (SFA)? Click here to show answer

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Q. What happens if a property was purchased under the Armed Forces Home Ownership Scheme (AFHOS)? Click here to show answer

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Q. We won’t have sorted out our civilian housing in time for the Notice to Vacate date. What happens if we don’t move out of our quarter? Click here to show answer

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Q. Is there any temporary accommodation that we can use until we have sorted out our civilian housing options? Click here to show answer

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Q. My soldier is being made redundant do we still need to clean our quarter for move-out? Click here to show answer

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Q. When my soldier leaves the Army on redundancy will we be automatically entitled to a council house?  Click here to show answer

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Q. Are we entitled to council housing if we have been serving overseas? What counts as our ‘local’ council?  Click here to show answer

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Q. Will we receive any advice on civilian housing options before my soldier leaves the Army? Click here to show answer

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Q. We live overseas; will we be relocated back to the UK by the Army at public expense? Click here to show answer

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Q. We live overseas and would like to settle in that country. Will we get removals paid for? Click here to show answer

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Q. We live within the UK; will we be eligible for our last move and Disturbance Allowance to be paid? Click here to show answer

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For further details please contact our AFF Housing Specialist, Cat Calder on 0778 955 1158 or email housing@aff.org.uk.

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EMPLOYMENT

The AFF Employment and Training Specialist is not able to offer redundancy advice to soldiers however, dependants can contact the Employment Specialist for advice on creating your CV, making a job application and on searching for jobs.

Spouses living overseas should make use of the Army Education Centre to get CV advice, update or gain qualifications.

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Q. I have been made redundant and my family and I have decided to return to our home area. My wife will have to leave her job and has been subsequently told she is not entitled to JSA as she is voluntarily resigning though this is due to Service reasons. Click here to show answer

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Q. How do I claim JSA? Click here to show answer

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Q. What other things should I be thinking about? Click here to show answer

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For further details please contact our AFF Employment and Training Specialist, Caroline Mayne on 0779 904 5955 or email etam@aff.org.uk.

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ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Ensure statements are completed before leaving; Local Education Authorities (LEAs) have a legal obligation to uphold a completed statement until it is reviewed.

When looking at property get up to speed with Local Authorities’ processes for adaptations. 

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Q. My child has special needs and moving school during the school year will be very unsettling – what can be done to help? Click here to show answer

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Q. We are concerned about getting our new house ready with adaptations before we have to move out of our adapted SFA. Click here to show answer

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For further details please contact our AFF Health and Additional Needs Specialist, Karen Ross on 0755 286 1983 or email additionalneeds@aff.org.uk

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EDUCATION

Q. Are there any agencies in Scotland that can help me with education matters for both children and adults following my redundancy? Click here to show answer

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Q. We are in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) – how will this be affected if my soldier decides to go for redundancy? Click here to show answer

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Q. Will living apart for the purposes of settling into our own home on redundancy affect our eligibility for CEA? Click here to show answer

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Q. We have a child with Special Education Needs. Is there anything that we need to be aware of? Click here to show answer

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Q. Will children at crucial key exam stage be allowed to remain in SCE schools, therefore remaining in SFA until exams are completed? Click here to show answer

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For further details please contact our our AFF Education and Childcare Specialist, Lucy Scott on 0752 749 2869, or email ec@aff.org.uk.

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FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH

Once an F&C soldier is discharged, the ‘exempt’ stamp is cancelled and you have 28 days in which to make another application to remain in the UK. 

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Q. Will the Army fund my families flight back to our home country once redundancy is complete? Click here to show answer

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Q. Can my soldier apply for ILR? Click here to show answer

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Q. What if he/she hasn't served for four years? Click here to show answer

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Q. When can my soldier apply? Click here to show answer

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Q. How do we apply for ILR? Click here to show answer

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Q. How much does it cost to apply? Click here to show answer

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Q. What documents do we have to provide? Click here to show answer

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Q. What support can we expect from my soldier’s unit? Click here to show answer

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Q. What if my soldier has a criminal or military conviction, will he/she still get ILR? Click here to show answer

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Q. If the soldier has already lived in the UK for 5 years, can he/she apply for Citizenship before they are discharged? Click here to show answer

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Q. What if we haven’t got anywhere to live? Click here to show answer

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Q. What if we are currently in Germany? Click here to show answer

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Q. Where can we find more information? Click here to show answer

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For further details please see our Foreign and Commonwealth Section

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