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February 2024

MDP ROA January 2024 Newsletter

Please click here to read our latest Newsletter.

January 2024

Minutes of our Annual General Meeting

Please click here to view the minutes of our AGM.

January 2024

Charity for Civil Servants

You may not realise it, but the Charity for Civil Servants is your national charity that’s there for you and other civil servants for the whole of your Civil Service career and beyond. From mental health struggles and relationship issues to bereavement or financial worries, the Charity gets it, and is there to provide help and support.
The Charity’s 30-minute sessions provide vital information about the free services and support they provide. See the full range of dates and times and sign up now; why not encourage as many of your colleagues as possible to register too?

July 2023

Please click here to read our latest newsletter.

June 2023

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.


April 2023

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.

March 2023

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.

Feb 2023

Increase in Pension Announced

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.

August 2022

An update regarding ROA annual subscriptions can be found here.

August 2022

Please click here to read the ROA Newsletter for August.

July 2022

Money worries? Support is available from The Charity for Civil Servants
Whatever your role within the Civil Service, you’ll be impacted by the rising costs of living, whether that be energy costs, fuel for your car or the cost of your weekly shop.
The Charity for Civil Servants can help with all sorts of financial issues caused by an unexpected change in circumstances – whether your income has suddenly reduced or you’re unable to pay for essential items that need replacing.
Sign up to receive regular updates about the help and support provided by the Charity. And if you know anyone else who could benefit from hearing about the Charity’s support, please do share this with them.
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.

July 2022

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 Tube

For information the Editor of Talk Through Norman Hicks has very recently retired and attach his farewell letter to the Force can viewed here.

July 2022

Pension Claims

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.

Please click here.

May 2022

PSPC General Secretaries Report AGM 2022

Please click here to read.

March 22

State Pension Age Review Consultation Response from the Public Service Pensioners Council

Please click here to read.

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.

January 2022

Please click here to read Issue 6 of the ROA News.

October 2021

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

July 2021

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 – including a copy to our Liaison Officer Supt Sandy Stewart –

February 2021

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 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,

*subject to availability

January 2021

The Force has recently published its Annual Business Plan and Corporate Plan. It can be accessed from the link below:

Please click here to read the ROA News (On-line Edition December 2020).

The latest edition of Talk Through has been published on-line and can be accessed via the link

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.

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:

Membership Services

We are sorry to announce that Hoseasons and 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 – – 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.


Call The Tax Refund Company Customer Service Team on

0161 968 7345 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm) or see our FAQ’s at

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

PSPC Briefing : HM Treasury launches consultation on Public Service pensions Cost-Cap mechanism

Please click below to view further details.


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.

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