British Transport Police Federation attended the Scottish Government this morning to give evidence to the Justice Committee on the proposed merger of BTP Scotland and Police Scotland.Continue reading
Various topics were discussed including the consultation process, what the future looks like and the wide range of complicating factors that need to be considered. There were three key topics that the panel discussed at length, and on which we offer the following comments:
These past four weeks have been very busy and included a first for me, in 26 years' service: an opportunity to attend the National Police Memorial Day service.Continue reading
This year the service was held at St Paul's Cathedral in London and the Patron of the NPMD, Prince Charles, was in attendance. I was honored to be there in company with our General Secretary, Darren Townsend, and Treasurer Graham Poyser. Not only was this my first opportunity to attend NPMD but it was my first experience visiting St Paul's Cathedral; a very fitting venue for such a special day in the Policing calendar.
The Federation met with the Police Authority on 7 October 2016 to discuss a failure to agree around the force interpretation of Regulation 34 of the Police Regulations 2003 (Annex U -Allowances) 'Away from Home Overnight Allowance'.Continue reading
Our position is that the force interpretation of the allowance is detrimental to our members and the application of the policy is not correct. As a result, our members are suffering a financial detriment when working away from home overnight and having legitimate claims for the allowance declined.
Here we have it, the Chairman's Blog for November 2016. Where have the last four weeks gone? This is quite a lengthy blog but there is a lot of activity to report back on.Continue reading
It started on the first day of the month when Darren Townsend and I were invited to the Scottish Parliament to give evidence to the Justice Committee on the proposed merger of BTP Scotland in to Police Scotland...
Nominations will open for the Elections of Federation Officials commencing on 28th November 2016 and with a closing date of 12th December 2016.Continue reading
Please contact your Area Secretary for the relevant nomination forms:
November saw us return to St Andrew's House in Edinburgh to continue discussions with Scottish Government officials and advisors on the proposed integration of BTP Scotland into Police Scotland.Continue reading
These meetings offer an opportunity to share views, and yet each time we come away with a sickening sense of genuine disappointment that yet again no real detail is provided especially around the most important elements for our members (i.e. pensions, T&Cs). Members in Scotland deserve a degree of certainty around their career and financial future.
Hundreds of members have now had money back by using the British Transport Police tax refund service, provided by tax experts, The Tax Refund Company.Continue reading
Since launching our Tax Code Review service in June 2015, over 510 members have now applied to have their tax codes checked for errors. The average refund so far is £164.70 each, although some members have had over £450 back!
Throughout this month we are working with the St George's Police Children Trust to raise awareness of the support they provide to children who have lost a police officer parent, or whose parent can no longer work due to an injury or illness.Continue reading
For just 20p per week you can support the Trust's life-changing work and be eligible for support for your children, should the need arise.
More than 50 BTP officers are listed on the Police Roll of Honour, which commemorates those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.Continue reading
On Sunday the Chairman of BTP Federation, Nigel Goodband attended the National Police Memorial Day Service at St Paul's Cathedral with General Secretary, Darren Townsend and Treasurer, Graham Poyser.