UPDATED: Naval Service Redundancy & Drawdown Programme: Tranche 3
The MOD has announced that the Naval Service will not be seeking further redundancies in Tranche 3 of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme. However, they may need to consider a very small number of redundancies at a later date. Click here to read a message from Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord on the matter.
The Army has announced (22 January 2013) the fields from which they will select personnel to be made redundant in the third tranche of the programme. This will comprise up to 5,300 Army personnel. Further details are available on the Defence Intranet in the Defence Internal Brief 2013 DIB/04.
Senior Staff Cuts to Make MOD Less Top-heavy
25% of civilian and military senior personnel based at the Ministry of Defence's Head Office will be cut over the next two years to form a new senior staff structure.
The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, has announced that the new structure, which will be introduced from April 2013, will ensure that the MOD is less top-heavy, and is expected to save the Department around £3.8m a year. Around 26 civilian and military posts at Senior Civil Service level, the equivalent of Commodore, Brigadier, Air Commodore or above, are set to go. The new Head Office will focus more on providing strategic direction. It will no longer get involved in the day-to-day management of the front line commands, which will take over responsibility for managing their own budgets. Click here for further details on the MOD website.
Redundancy and Housing Needs? We Dispel the Myths
Article by Philip Arundel, Senior Housing Adviser, Joint Service Housing Advise Office (JSHAO)
This article looks at the various options open to Service Veterans, whether that be buying or renting. It provides a list of helpful resources, and dispels common myth surrounding council housing etc. Click here to read more.
Naval Service Redundancy Programme – Tranche 2 Notification
(12 June 2012)
As the changes announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) are implemented, the Naval Service is reducing in size by approximately 5,000 people in order to reach a figure of around 30,000 regular Service personnel by April 2015. The first tranche of redundancy completes in September this year and the Naval Service announced the second tranche of its contribution to the Armed Forces’ Redundancy Programme on 17 January 2012, inviting eligible personnel to apply to be considered for compulsory redundancy. You will note that this round of redundancy calls for significantly lower numbers than anticipated. The reason for this is simply that the Service’s normal manning levers have been successful in reducing the population of the Naval Service sufficiently. This is a good news story for Defence in reducing the cost of the Redundancy Programme, but most importantly in limiting its effect on Naval Service personnel. Nevertheless, some redundancy is still necessary in order to meet the manpower ceiling set during SDSR.
Redundancy queries should be directed to the Fleet Redundancy Cell: Tel: +44 (0) 2392 628987/Mil: 93832 8987. If families have any queries or questions that they are not getting answers to please get in touch with us. We will do our best to help.
Naval Service Redundancy Programme – Tranche 2
(17 January 2012)
The Royal Navy has announced details of its second round of redundancies. Just under 300 redundancies are required. Personnel who fall within the redundancy fields will be invited to apply to be considered for compulsory redundancy. Click here for full details.
(10 November 2011)
The Money Advice Service has produced a Redundancy Handbook. It provides in-depth advice for those going through redundancy and aims to help you understand your rights, stay in control of your finances and move forward. You can access an online version on the Money Advice Service website, or contact your local HIVE for a hard copy.
Coping with Redundancy
(13 October 2011)
Being made redundant is a stressful event. Click here to read an article from Caroline Nairn; a naval wife who works as a psychotherapist and counsellor. Caroline suggests when someone is made redundant they feel a variety of emotions and likens it to the grieving process. The article discusses these emotions; shock, denial, anger, feeling down, acceptance, and hope, and provides little lifestyle tips to help you get through redundancy.
Voluntary Transfer of Naval Service Personnel Selected for Compulsory Redundancy in Tranche 1
(12 October 2011)
Click here to read about the transfer opportunities that may be open to those individuals who have been selected for redundancy as part of the Naval Service redundancy programme. Personnel are eligible to apply for an ‘intra-Service’ transfer into a defined list of Branch Specialisations that are experiencing manning shortfalls, or an ‘inter-Service’ transfer to pinch points within the Army or Royal Air Force, although there is no guarantee of transfer success. The document explains the transfer process and how, if they are successful in transferring, personnel will be de-selected for redundancy and no longer be eligible for the redundancy package.
Redundancy Announcements: A Comment from First Sea Lord
(30 September 2011)
First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, has today, 30 September, issued a statement to everyone serving in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines regarding the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme first tranche notifications. The full text of his statement can be found here.
Redundancy Announcements: A Comment from NFF Chair
(30 September 2011)
Today (30 September) a number of Naval service personnel and their families will find out whether or not they have been selected for redundancy. For those who have volunteered and are successful with their application it is good news and we wish you well for the future. But, for those who applied but didn’t get it or didn’t apply but got it, it may well be a very different story.
Redundancy Announcements: NFF in The News, Portsmouth
(30 September 2011)
Click to read an article in Portsmouth’s local newspaper, The News, which talks to the NFF Chair about the redundancies, with a focus on the parents of younger people who have been made redundant.
Naval Service Redundancy Programme - Update
(26 August 2011)
Includes key dates to be aware of, details on the resettlement process, and a helpful Q&A section.
Publication of the Processes for Redundancy
The Navy have released information regarding the processes for the redundancy programme. The document explains how the Selection Boards operate, and looks at the notification procedures and the management of personnel selected for redundancy. The redundancy announcements will be made on 30 September 2011. Click for more details.
Royal Navy Redundancy Programme - Tranche 1
NFF on British Forces Radio - Click here to listen to a clip of NFF Chair, Kim Richardson, talking to BFBS Radio on the redundancy announcements.
Further information on redundancies can be found by logging on to Royal Navy website or the Defence Intranet. If you are not a member of the Royal Navy website follow the onscreen instructions to register for an account. The site is a protected online environment available for Royal Naval and Royal Marines personnel and their families. Registration requires a Service Number or permission to use your family member’s number.
For enquiries regarding the DIN or the process for redundancy you are asked to contact your Divisional Officer or the Fleet Redundancy Cell. A reminder that The Armed Forces Redundancy Calculator can be found on: www.mod-rc.co.uk.
Comment from Former First Sea Lord Jonathon Band
Click here to watch a video interview with the former First Sea Lord, Jonathon Band, on the redundancy announcements. You will need to scroll down the BBC News page to see the video clip.
Extracts from Article 'Royal Navy and Army Release Redundancy Scheme Details' on the MOD website:
“The specific trades and branches… affected by the first tranche of their redundancy programmes, along with the numbers being sought from each area, have also been announced.”
Pensions on Redundancy
The pension scheme you are on will affect your redundancy package. Click here for more information from the Forces Pensions Society.
Visit the Defence Intranet to read a Defence Instruction and Notification (2011DIN01-056) from the MOD concerning redundancy compensation. The notice summarises the two redundancy schemes: the Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme 2010 and the Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme 2006, explaining to whom each scheme applies. The notice includes a calculator of compensation and indicates who might be eligible for a Resettlement Grant. PLEASE NOTE: This notice highlights two changes to terms in the Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme 2010 since published in 2010DIN01-188. This DIN replaces earlier notifications: 2010DIN01-188 and 2006DIN02-216. Detailed information on the revised redundancy terms are published in JSP 764, Part 5, Amendment 4. Please see the most up-to-date version on the Defence Intranet (available to Serving personnel only).
SDSR Compulsory Redundancy Programme
Following the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) a compulsory redundancy programme is necessary to achieve the required reduced Armed Forces manning levels. Click here for further information, including a helpful Q&A document, taken from the MOD’s Defence Internal Brief. PLEASE NOTE: This notice makes reference to 2010DIN01-188 - which has now been replaced by 2011DIN01-056 (shown above).
Redundancy of Service Personnel following the SDSR
The MOD has released a document to outline the broad principles that will be used to deliver the reduced manpower required by the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Although some of reduction will achieved through natural wastage, a programme of redundancy is also necessary. The document (2010DIN01 - 187: Regular Armed Forces Redundancy Programme) also details some generic timelines for the process and is available to Service Personnel on the Defence Intranet.