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Operational Allowance to be stopped for Injured Personnel

#1
On the introduction of the Operational Allowance provision was made that if you were hospitalised for injuries received in theatre you would receive the allowance for the planned duration of your tour. New guidance from SP Pol is that your Operational Allowance entitlement will cease as soon as you are discharged from hospital having been Aeromed from theatre. The rest of your convalescence won't attract the Operational Allowance. If you want to get the £2320.00 promised by the government "in recognition of the increased and enduring nature of danger in specified operational locations" make sure you're not injured. If you are injured make sure you book yourself on the first trooper back to theatre on dischage from RCDM if you don't want to miss out financially.
 
#4
This is what Defence Minister Derek Twigg told the House of Commons on 11 December 2006 [HANSARD LINK]:

All hospitalised operational casualties wounded in one of the three qualifying theatres will continue to receive the new tax-free operational allowance.
I would appreciate urgent confirmation of the new guidance. The issue affects actual BAFF members and BAFF would be prepared to take it up immediately with the Minister, copy to other parliamentary contacts.
 
#7
Ferg said:
I can't publish my source on this forum but would be happy to reply to any PMs.
If it's a legit ruling then it'll appear in a JSP or similar. So can be linked to here. If it's a ruling cos some dweeb says so, then that can be published here to...!
 
#8
OK. The JSP states that the Bonus will be paid

"For the duration of the planned length of the Service person’s assignment to the operational deployment, if the recipient is hospitalised in theatre or elsewhere."

To date this has been interpreted as: if you are hospitalised for whatever reason you'll get Op Allowance for the planned length of your tour. The direction coming out of SP Pol is that this should be interpreted as: you'll get Op Allowance paid for time spent in theatre and hospital only up the planned duration of your tour. Currently trickling down the functional chain. No amendment to JSP published yet.
 
#9
To play devil's advocate here- if you are discharged from hospital you are presumably at home. If you are at home you can't be classed as on ops thus shouldn't receive that portion of your bonus for when you are at home.
 
#11
Ferg said:
New guidance from SP Pol is that your Operational Allowance entitlement will cease as soon as you are discharged from hospital
For the duration of the planned length of the Service person’s assignment to the operational deployment, if the recipient is hospitalised in theatre or elsewhere
So what you are saying is if you are not hospitalised then you do not get the allowance in exactly the same way that the bloke beside you in the rear party doesn't get it.

If you are on Ops you get the daily bonus for every day you are there (or hopitalised) if you are not you don't.
 
#12
Ferg said:
OK. The JSP states that the Bonus will be paid

"For the duration of the planned length of the Service person’s assignment to the operational deployment, if the recipient is hospitalised in theatre or elsewhere."

To date this has been interpreted as: if you are hospitalised for whatever reason you'll get Op Allowance for the planned length of your tour. The direction coming out of SP Pol is that this should be interpreted as: you'll get Op Allowance paid for time spent in theatre and hospital only up the planned duration of your tour. Currently trickling down the functional chain. No amendment to JSP published yet.
Thanks, Ferg. Have to say I'm having difficulty in seeing the exact difference between (a) the JSP and (b) the new direction you say is currently trickling down from SP Pol.

Is this entirely about individuals (like crowbag) ceasing to qualify for the Op Allowance when they cease to be in-patients, or are there other issues?
 
#13
I was told by some of the injured soldiers in Headley Court, that PAX didn't acknowledge Headley Court as a hospital, so they stop their payments. These injured soldiers where on wards with nurse's getting treatment etc. Is this the same thought process?
 
#14
Ferg said:
OK. The JSP states that the Bonus will be paid

"For the duration of the planned length of the Service person’s assignment to the operational deployment, if the recipient is hospitalised in theatre or elsewhere."

To date this has been interpreted as: if you are hospitalised for whatever reason you'll get Op Allowance for the planned length of your tour. The direction coming out of SP Pol is that this should be interpreted as: you'll get Op Allowance paid for time spent in theatre and hospital only up the planned duration of your tour. Currently trickling down the functional chain. No amendment to JSP published yet.
Which sounds like it means if you are on a 6 month tour, and as result of an injury end up spending part of that 6 months in Hospitial anywhere, you get the full Op allowance.

Ohh....Thank you Ferg for the quote.

Mong edit cos I'm rude!
 
#15
If there is a way for a civil servant to arrange and engineer a reduction in payments to soldiers by interpretation of regulations, it will be found - make no mistake about that!
 
#16
My concern is this. The JSP states "The aim of the Operational Allowance is to recognise the significantly increased and enduring nature of the danger in specified operational locations (SOL), over and above that compensated for within the X Factor." A lot of the injuries in theatre are bullet and shrapnel wounds to the extremities because the kit works. These injuries won't take a long hospitalisation but will require a period of convalescence back in UK.

Therefore the new interpretation of the allowance is taking away the entitlement of those for whom "the enduring nature of the danger" has manifested itself in the form of bomb, bullet or shell. It is my conviction that this is against the very spirit of the allowance and this is what I am objecting to. I've followed this site for a number of years but rarely feel strongly enough about something to post or comment on forums. However, I do feel strongly that this is fundamentally wrong.
 
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