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British Airways has become the first airline to pledge support for the military community and their families by signing up to the UK Armed Forces Covenant.

 

British Airways recognises it has an important role to play in supporting the Armed Forces and their families.  It has also committed to giving Reservists and military spouses in its employment the flexibility they need to allow for deployment or training schedules, and also to support Service Leavers moving into civilian roles.

 

To demonstrate its commitment to the Armed Forces past and present, the airline is offering a 10 per cent discount on all fares across its global network of near 200 destinations. See more here.

 

The discount is available to all Serving Armed Forces, Reservists, Spouses of Serving Personnel, Forces Veterans, MoD Civil Servants, War widowers and Cadet Forces (over 16).

 

British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz, said:

“This discount recognises the great service given by the men and women of the Armed Forces; we hope that it will make their well-earned holiday time with their families easier and cheaper.  “We have strong links with the Armed Forces and our work-force includes many veterans and serving Reservists. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant we are demonstrating our respect for the hard work and dedication of our Servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

“We’re proud to show our support.”

 

Posted on: 20th June, 2016

On Friday 20 May 2016, we formally launched our new strategy and website at Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth.

 

More than 500 Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel came to show their support for Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ families. The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Penny Mordaunt MP, came along to add her good wishes.

 

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Mark Lancaster, sent his own message of support:

“Operating successfully both at home and at sea requires incredible teamwork – a key characteristic of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines; and whilst everybody must play their part, we are particularly conscious of the support provided by families. The Naval Families Federation helps ensure that families are fully part of that team; offering support and trusted advice, not only to sailors, marines and their families, but also to the chain of command and policy makers. They give a voice to the wider ‘Naval Service family’ and I am delighted that we have such an organisation, led by Anna Wright, that provides clear benefit to both the Naval community and Defence.”

 

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC spoke on the day:

“My door is always open to the Naval Families Federation. They have a huge amount to contribute, and I want everyone here in NCHQ to make use of their insight too. Families must continue to have a voice as we move forward. We want them to believe in the Royal Navy’s future and to believe that their place in this future is equally bright. And with the help of the Naval Families Federation, we can ensure life in the Navy is as a good as it can be for everyone.”

 

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

 

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

NFF LAUNCH NEW BRANDING AND STRATEGY Pictured: Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, visitng NCHQ The Naval Families Federation (NFF) launched their new branding and strategy today, 20th May 2016, in the lower atrium of NCHQ. The First Sea Lord gave an opening address along with the Director of NFF, Anna Wright. The Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, was also in attendance. Image: L(Phot) Paul Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on: 24th May, 2016

It was announced in 2016 that spouses and civil partners of Service personnel will be able to apply for a new type of National Insurance (NI) credit to protect their State Pension (if they have accompanied their partner overseas).

 

Former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“We are making sure that military spouses and partners who spend time based overseas get the State Pension they deserve.  This is the latest step under the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that service personnel and their families are treated fairly.”

 

How do you know if you’re eligible to apply for the new credits?

Service spouses and civil partners will be eligible to apply for the new Class 3 NI credits if they:

• Reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016, that means they were born on or after 6 April 1953 (if a woman) or 6 April 1951 (if a man); and

• Are or have been married to /in a civil partnership with a member of the Armed Forces; and

• Have accompanied their spouse or civil partner on a deployment outside the UK at any time since 6 April 1975; and

• At the time of the posting their spouse or civil partner must have paid, been treated as having paid or been credited with UK National Insurance.

You can still apply if you are now widowed, divorced or have had your civil partnership dissolved, provided you were married or in a civil partnership at the time you accompanied your partner abroad. Some Service spouses or civil partners who meet the above criteria will not have a gap in their NI records and so will not need to apply for the new credits. For example, you may not have a gap if you:

• were working in a job during the accompanied assignment where you paid UK NI contributions;

• were self-employed and paying self-employed Class 2 NI contributions throughout the accompanied assignment;

• received certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (previously called Incapacity Benefit or Invalidity Benefit) or Child Benefit for the whole of the accompanied assignment(s)outside the UK.

 

How do I apply? 

You can apply for the new Class 3 NI credits anytime from 6 April 2016. There is no time limit in applying for the credits, although if you apply after you reach State Pension age any increased State Pension might not be paid for periods before the date of your application. For information about applying for the new Class 3 credit visit here.

 

The Class 1 NI Credit: A wider range of benefits for deployments since April 2010 

The new Class 3 credits do not replace the existing Class 1 NI credit for those who have accompanied a partner on a posting since April 2010, and which contribute not only towards entitlement to new State Pension, but also towards Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Bereavement Benefits (to be replaced for new claimants by Bereavement Support Payments in April 2017).

 

More information 

Further information about NI credits for Service spouses and civil partners is available online here.

 

Posted on: 12th May, 2016
Updated on: 4th January, 2019