Some of our Members have complained about the lack of information being circulated and the present state of progress for which we apologise. Due to re-organisation, we no longer have a Publicity Officer because Michael Kennedy has kindly taken on the Treasurer's Office and Chris Watkin has taken over as Chairman. We are hoping to appoint a new Publicity Officer as soon as possible and then endeavour to produce a Monthly Report on a regular basis.
Your support is vital, and to date has been excellent so please don't despair and remember, we are not going away, we are now hear to stay and will continue with our claim for as long as it takes! The Membership continues to increase steadily thanks to all the hours Frank Rixon and Michael Kennedy are putting in, and we now have a 'Fighting Fund' with which to finance our Report and Administration Costs.Steady progress continues with writing up our Researched Report but this is behind schedule due to personal difficulties encountered during the year and a recent bout if influenza, unfortunately. Please keep in mind that when the Report is ready and following its distribution to all M.P.s it will be published in full on our web site. We suggest that as, and when, we arrive at this point in time, probably some time around Easter 2007 due to delays, you write a type-written letter to your own M.P.We had a letter recently from a serving Member of the Armed Forces, and a Member of our Federation, regarding the disparity in rates of 'Flying Pay' between different ranks, such that Officers rates are much higher. Since this amounts to unfair discrimination for related Insurance purposes in our opinion, we have taken an interest in the matter. However we would like to point out to any of our Members currently serving in the Armed Forces that the correct procedure regarding any Financial and/or Legal issues related to the Armed Forces and conditions of service is to address it in the first instance to their Commanding Officers, and then to their M.P. if they are dissatisfied.If they are dissatisfied with the response from their M.P., only then, as a Federation, can we become involved, provided we are satisfied that an injustice has occurred.
Keep copies of all correspondence sent and received and request a reasonable time scale in which you will expect a reply - usually 14 days minimum in law. More often than not your C.O. or M.P. will provide you with a satisfactory response, but if not, then is the time to seek our assistance. Remember we have no remit or wish to become involved in any 'Operational Decision Making Processes' but this does not affect your right to address such complaints to your C.O. or M.P. The address for any M.P. is Mr J.Bloggs M.P., House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.An invite has been received from Derek Twigg, Secretary for Defence and Minister for Veterans, for our Executive Committee to attend a Veterans Reception in London on Wednesday 6th December 2006. Chris Watkin, Michael Kennedy and myself will be attending. We will also use this opportunity to have a Management Strategy Conference for CAFF UK, prior to the meeting above, to formulate future policy. A report will appear on the web site in due course.