A guide to Pay,Allowances and welfare for the TA

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I found a lovely little leaflet in my pigeon hole this week from HQ Land.

It's title is "A guide to Pay, Basic Allowances, Charges and Welfare Support for the TA and Reserve Forces" (with effect from April 2002)

I have reproduced this and willpost it here but I think it is going to be wayyyy too large for one post so please bear with me and have a read through.

There was no copyright info on the leaflet so I hope HQ Land won't mind me distributing the information in this manner, if there are any problems please let me know via email or on this thread and I will delete the info...
 
#2
A guide to Pay, Basic Allowances, Charges and Welfare Support for The TA and Reserve Forces.

With effect from April 2002.

Introduction

This leaflet is intended to serve as a guide for you (and your dependants). Please remember that the rules are too complex to allow full publication in this guide however, this does provide you with basic information.  This guide may not be quoted as an authority and if you have any doubt as to the admissibility of a specific allowance or concession, please contact your local unit RAO, admin or welfare staff.  This guide is broken down into three parts, these are:

1. Matters affecting Reservists called out on limited operations.
2. Matters affecting TA Personnel.
3. A final short section entitled ‘general’ affecting both TA and Reservist personnel.

Reservists called out on limited operations

Call out gratuity

On satisfactory completion of the mobilisation process you will be entitled to receive the tax free COG of £395 (wef 01APR01).
Full details will be given by the RTMC.

Pay

Your pay will be assimilated to the appropriate Pay 2000 (P2K) rate of pay.  The level at which you join is dependant on a number of factors including former reckonable service and whether you have served on P2K previously.  The range, higher or lower, is determined by your career employment qualifications and you will be advised of your pay range and increment level by RTMC.

Substitution Pay / Acting Rank

If you are at present in receipt of Substitution Pay or hold Acting Rank, on mobilisation you will revert to the rate of pay appropriate to your substantive rank.  However, if after deployment you are appointed to fill a post established for a higher rank, you will then be eligible to be considered for Acting Rank or Substitution Pay.

Payment of the Military Salary

Your monthly salary will be paid to your nominated bank or building society current account.  If you do not have an account special arrangements can be made to ensure that you provide financial support for your dependants.  For mobilised personnel, funding in theatre will be by cheque encashment via the RAO.

Travel Allowances

Personnel who are deployed on duty in UK may, dependant on Marital Status and length of service, claim Recompense in Lieu of Relocation (RILOR), as opposed to the Private Car Rate (PCR), for home to duty journeys.

Longer Seperated Service Allowance (LSSA)

FTRS and/or those with Mobilised Service amounting to 18 months or TA Personnel who have received their second year bounty will be eligible to claim LSSA at the initial rate.  The rate increases on completion of 300 days in receipt of LSSA and again after 600 days.

LSSA Accumulated Turbulence (AT) & Accumulated Turbulence Plus (AT+)

Receipt of LSSA for 280 days or more in a period of 2 years will result in a taxable bonus of £1000.00 being paid; this is known as LSSA (AT).  In the event of LSSA being received for 365 days in the same 2 year period then a further taxable bonus of £1000.00 will become payable.  This is known as LSSA (AT+).  In certain rare cases, individuals may be entitled to the Married Unaccompanied Service Allowance (MUSA).
 
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The Reservists Standard and Hardship Awards (RSA / RHA)

RSA is a taxable payment which has replaced the Emergency Service Grant adn is designed to make good any loss in earnings, company benefits and pension contributions arising from mobilised service.  If your military salary exceeds your previous income then you will not be entitled to receive compensation for loss of earnings.  Documentary evidence is required to support a claim before it can be authorised.  If the needs of the Service require you to be mobilised despite the fact that your civilian earnings exceed stipulated ceilings for RSA, a special case for payment may be made.  This payment is known as RHA.

Insurance Allowance

A refund of transit costs may be admissable when you move your belongings to and from the Theatre to which you are deployed.  Currently this is up to £37 each way.  In order to claim you will require details of your kit insurance or home insurance policy covering your pesonal kit.

Army Dependants Trust

Married or single personnel in permanent service are entitled to join the Army Dependants Trust for the duration of their period of mobilised service.  In the event of death, from any cause, the fund makes a speedy payment to the nominated dependant.  The discretionary grant is up to £10,000 for married personnel and £6000 for single personnel.  Annual subscription rates are £3 for single members and £5 for married personnel.

Welfare

The Army Welfare Service AWS is available in the United Kingdom and in Germany to all serving personnel and their families.  Contact details of your local AWS can be found in your Station Guide or through HQ AWS on civillian network 01722 436565 or Salisbury Military (9)4331 2565.

Community Support staff who provide locally accessible and affordable community resources for the military community, these include Community Centres, pre-school groups, Youth Centres and various activities.

Personal Support staff provide confidential advice and counselling in a variety of cicumstances which may include: relationship difficulties, family problems, bereavement, tackling debt, childcare issues etc.  If they can't directly help, they'll put you in contact with someone who can.

There are may other agencies and individuals both within and outside the military who offer support:

-Unit Padre
-Unit Welfare Officer
-Unit Equal Opportunities Officer
-WRVS
-SSAFA Forces Help
-Army Families Federation (AFF)
-HIVEs (equipped with internet access)

Additional support may be obtained via the following Help lines:

-Relate Marriage Guidance 01788 573241
-Cruse Bereavment Care 0208 9404818
-Alcoholics Anonymous 08457 697555
-The Samaritans 08457 909090
-Compassionate Army Upavon 01980 615790 (day) 01980 615791 (night)
-Confidential helpline 0800 731 4880

HM Forces Railcards

If you are to be mobilised for a period of at least 3 months you will be entitled to purchase a Railcard for yourself and if you are of Marital Category 1, your spouse as well.  Rules covering the eligibility of other members of a service persons family will be explained in detail at the Mobilisation Centre (Mob Cen).

Leave

The revised leave scheme for Reservists who have been Called-Out or Recalled for Service provides a maximum of 30 working days annual leave, regardless of rank, plus Post Operational Tour Leave (POTL) for those who have been on overseas operational deployments.  Those deployed to non-operational areas outside the UK will be entitled to Relocation Leave.  Full details of the leave scheme will be given at the Mob Cen.

Queries

If you have any queries about your personal circumstances while in Theatre, you should raise them in the first instace with the RAO of the unit with whoch you have deployed.  If they are unable to answer your query satisfactorily, you should refer the problem to the RTMC.
 
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TA Matters

Pay

Pay entitlement is essential for periods of attendance for military duty as specified by the CO.  Periods of at least 2 but less than 4 hours gains a quarter day's pay, 4 but less than 8 hours gains a half day's pay, and 8 to 24 hours gains one day's pay.

Training Bounty

The TA training year commences 1 Apr and ends 31 Mar, a non-taxable bounty may be paid in each TA year to personnel who complete the appropriate training and are certified as efficient by the CO.  Bounty entitlement can increase with additional years service.  Current entitlements are:

Group A - Higher. All ranks:  1st year £330, 2nd year £725, 3rd and 4th year £1115, 5th and subsequent years £1290.

Group A - Lower. All ranks:  1st year nil, 2nd year £400, 3rd and 4th year £620, 5th and subsequent years £720.

Group B - Officers, Officer Cadets and soldiers of the OTC.  1st year £110, 2nd year £135, 3rd and subsequent years £160.

Training Expense Allowance (TEA)

TEA is a non-taxable allowance to compensate TA personnel for certain out of pocket expenses when attending periods of duty/training.  Claims are admissable for training periods in excess fo 2 hours where a full days pay is not issued.

Residence to Place of Duty Travel

Officers and Soldiers may be refunded their costs in connection with travel from their place of residence or place of employment to the TA Centre.  The journeys to/from the TA Centre for normal attensance, and at the beginning and end of annual camp, are to be claimed on AF O9529 and refunds are then processed automatically in accordance with the details given on commisioning/enlistment.  Any changes to those details is to be notified to the Unit PSAO.

Uniform Upkeep Allowance

Uniform Upkeep Allowance (UUA) is paid to officers annually in Nov and covers expenditure arising in the tax year 6 Apr to 5 Apr.  UUA, which is free of income tax, is granted to officers so that they may maintain those items in their authorised scale of outfit that are provided initially from outfit allowance.  As thos allowance is tax free, no tax allowance is admissable in respect of optional items purchased privately by individuals to meet regimental custom.

General

Personal Accident Insurance for TA & Reservists (RPAX)

The underwriters of the RPAX and PAX+ have applied an exclusion period from 21 Sep 01, preventing individuals joining the scheme or increasing the number of units of cover held.  The underwriters are currently seeking options for a temporary replacement product, although the terms and premiums will be different.  Updates will be provided by MOD.

Under normal circumstances all serving members of the TA and Reservists are eligible to apply for membership of RPAX which is a personal accident insurance scheme that provides any benefit in the event of death or injury arising from an accident at any time world-wide.  Premiums are paid to the insurance company by Direct Debit from individuals personal bank/building soceity account and not through Service pay accounts.  Further information can be obtained from : RPAX Customer Service Centre Tel 0800 212480

Kit Insurance

You are advised to take out kit insurance to cover military clothing and equipment.  Policies are available at RTMC or TMC.
 
#5
Thanks Humphrey, hoped you scanned that lot in first  ;D

Pay

Your pay will be assimilated to the appropriate Pay 2000 (P2K) rate of pay.  The level at which you join is dependant on a number of factors including former reckonable service and whether you have served on P2K previously.  The range, higher or lower, is determined by your career employment qualifications and you will be advised of your pay range and increment level by RTMC.


I'm sorry where's the bit where it says "If you have a job that pays more than we do, we'll make up the balance or at least, get on towards it"

Carrer employment qualifications, sounds a bit like errrrrrr flannel, smoke and mirrors. :mad
 
#6
Bloody hell PTP, I go to all that trouble and you dont even bother to read it all ;D ;D

The bit your looking for is at the start of the second instalment up there, but for the hard of reading ;) here it is again...

The Reservists Standard and Hardship Awards (RSA / RHA)

RSA is a taxable payment which has replaced the Emergency Service Grant and is designed to make good any loss in earnings, company benefits and pension contributions arising from mobilised service.  If your military salary exceeds your previous income then you will not be entitled to receive compensation for loss of earnings.  Documentary evidence is required to support a claim before it can be authorised.  If the needs of the Service require you to be mobilised despite the fact that your civilian earnings exceed stipulated ceilings for RSA, a special case for payment may be made.  This payment is known as RHA.
Any other bits you cant be arrsed to read and want me to repeat :p

Humph.
 
#7
Thanks Ga....errrrrrrr Humphrey, you're right, I'm so busy looking for ways for the Army to shaft me yet again, that I didn't read it through (Smacked Bot)

Also thanks to SupershotSingingGirlie who e-mailed me a copy of said docco.

<<Feels ever such a nana, but it'll soon wear off  ;D
 
#8
nurries Sol... errr Part Time Pongo ;D

one thing it doesnt say is what the ceilings mentioned actually are, anyone got up to date figures??

Entirely understandable expectin to get shafted by the Gov't tho

Humph.
 
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Although the topic is covered, its still uncertain; i.e. - an application for a SPEACIAL CASE hardship award MAY be made.

Questions that arise are:

What's the ceiling?
How do you go about making an application?
On what grounds is this decided?
How long does this take? (in other words, are you going to have to wait 6 months for payment)

Hopefully these points are covered somewhere &#8230;..?
 
#10
I can&#8217;t see the government matching everybody's civvie pay lets just look at the Doctors, if they are in a private practice and get Capt pay even PQO Capt pay the gov will have to add 10s of thousands to equal civ pay. Never gonna happen.
 
#11
Depends on type of PQO nurses are laughing all the way to the bank. My salary nearly doubled in fact another £80 a month and it would.
 
#12
just out of interest, could anyone enlighten me as to the current regualr rates of pay for each of the ranks?

Last time I looked on the Army website it was a bit out of date (2 years or so!!)

Humph.
 
#14
HdT

Are newly commissioned officers entitled to a sum of money to purchase uniform, or do you have to wait until the November after commissioning?

Cheers,
msr
 
#15
Not sure of the rules, but I do recall I got my money to coincide with commissioning.  Goldings of London provide Service Dress, DJ, boots and Mess kit that rather conveniently come to the exact amount of the allowance.  Tell them Scrib sent you and who knows maybe I can claim a discount in the future.

Speak to your RAO for the right answer.  It is what we pay them for.
 
#16
msr,

Sorry for the delay, just saw your question.

As far as I'm aware newly commisined officers (TA) are entitled to about £200 but you have to apply for it.

I am currently waiting on the paperwork from my RAO so if anyone knows different please let me know.

Humph
 
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I have copied this excellent post by Disillusioned that was placed on the mobilisation thread so as to keep all the finance stuff in one place

Humph


All the regs are easily accessible on the web and the MOD has a reasonably good explanation of them (really aimed at employers) on the SABRE website:

Reserve Forces Act:

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1996/1996014.htm

The Reserve Forces (Call-out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 1997  

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1997/19970309.htm


Re. being financially out of pocket:

(1) Table with maximum payable for different ranks when civilian wages exceed army wages:

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1997/97030902.htm#sch2

(2) Regs on Hardship awards (when [1] is insufficient)

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1997/19970309.htm#4


SABRE website:

http://www.sabre.mod.uk/output/Page1.asp


There is still a possibility that the standard award+hardship award is still not enough to pay the high London mortgage or keep the family fed if you're a lowly NCO (but have decent paid civvie job).
 
#18
And another good one from One of the strange.

Humph


Experience to date from those mobilised already (including me) shows that if you expect the system to be designed to look after you you are being hopelessly naive.  Don't get me wrong, the system may well result in a satisfactory result for you but if it does not then there is sod all that you can do.  

First off, do the sums before you go to Chilwell.  Add up your annual pay (P60), add on TA pay (another P60) and add 5% on top.  This is now your annual salary.  

If this is less than your military pay (bearing in mind you'll get regular Pay 2000 rather than TA rates) then you'll get a pay rise.  

If it is more then your military pay but less then the salary cap for your rank (22.5K juniors, 37K seniors/junior officers) then you should get the extra as Reservist Standard Allowance without any fuss.  

If it is more than the salary cap then you may apply to get extra as Reservists Hardship Allowance (RHA).  BUT - you don't get anything over and above your military pay until you have agreed the amount regardless of the fact that you still have to pay the bills.  

All soldiers that I am aware of who have had to take this route have had real problems with the haphazard, cack-handed and frankly random way the the extra amount is calculated.  You have to hand over your entire household expenditure records for the last year to justify your claim anyway and I know of soldiers who completed their time and demobilised before agreeing and being paid anything extra.  

The notification of any extra amounts agreed at Chilwell does not necessarily arrive at the pay office at Glasgow as quickly as it should so take a copy of the paperwork agreeing the amount with you and get your unit pay clerk to send it on instead - saves a lot of grief.  

The other problem is extra money that your family needs to pay out as a result of your absence - usually childcare.  The system does not really recognise this as a problem, although you will.  

Various approaches have been taken (highlighting the fact that the system has not been set up properly to deal with this issue).  Those that go ahead and sort it out before mobilisation tend to get told "we never asked you to do that so we're not liable" or have to apply for it as RHA.  

If your other half needs to reduce her working hours to look after the kids as a result of you being away then you should be aware that the Army can't make her.  If she refuses to then when you get to Chilwell you can apply to have your mobilisation revoked on the grounds that you have to look after the children.  This will get the problem kicked upstairs and has resulted in the extra money being agreed there and then without any hardship testing.   (What happens when her employer will not let her reduce her hours and she and they sue the army for loss of earnings/an employee is not yet clear as it hasn't happened yet)  

Whatever you do flag any problems up to your TA unit in writing asap and take any and all paperwork to Chilwell.  This will greatly ease your passage through the system.  

Oh, and one last thing. Bear in mind that if we get called out under the crisis regs (as opposed to the peacetime regs we're under now) then neither Standard nor Hardhip allowances will be paid and there will be no exemptions, employers appeals etc.
 
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Humph,

Thank you for your detailed contributions . . and very interesting. From reading your posts you obviously think the MOD should pay you more, either in allowances or straight pay.

IMHO the new TA/Res pay and allowances concept is a great leap forward especially compared to what was there before. Yes... it is not perfect and of course the TA/Res want more. The balance between ensuring claims are legitimate, are not open to abuse, and in line where possible and do not exceed regular Army pay and allowances is a delicate one. For example - your comments re child care apply in the same way to the regular Army.

I accept that there are areas for genuine improvement, but the bottom line remains be you reservists or TA, your country needs you - in exactly the same way as the regular Army. At some stage in your past, you volunteered  and have been enjoying years of peace being paid by HM ! Now is payback time  :) You clearly have skills which are desparately needed by your fellow man. Why not put them to good use for maximum benefit rather than just for money ?

Think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country !  ;)
 
#20
Ramillies - your comments are I feel spot on.  It is difficult when discussing money not to come over as a whinging STAB and what I was really trying to do was let people know how the system works so that they can work out whether or not they have a problem.  

It is worth pointing out however that the whinging is being done by soldiers that have turned up and got on with the job rather than bailed out at the first sign of mobilisation - they are just not happy at the fact that service with the Army means that their family get less money when they had been told that this would not be the case.  And, to keep things in perspective, this is by no means everyone.  

I don't necessarily think that the MoD should pay more - rather that they should simplify the system and advertise the detail more widely so that reservists are in no doubt as to what they will get paid before they arrive at Chilwell.  The current hardship allowance arrangements are a lottery - different people get paid different amounts for the same expenses as no guidelines exist.  

Statements were made before the first mobilisation that the system would make sure that no-one lost out - but when we arrived at Chilwell we were told face to face that this should never have been said.  The system is there to pay out the minimum necessary to keep the wofl from the door.  This caused a lot of unhappiness as you can expect.  But as a taxpayer you don't want public money spent when it doesn't need to be.  

The bottom line is that the only person looking after you is you (hey, just like civilian life) so work out where you stand and if you don't like it then either stay in and put up with it or leave.  
 

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