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B.T.P.F. / Railway Benefit Fund

A message from John Harrison, our National Chairman.

I am pleased to announce that the BTPF has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Railway Benefit Fund.  This statement outlines an agreement reached on Thursday 10th October 2019, between our two respective organisations to work collaboratively and in partnership with each other.  This is for the benefit of both BTPF and RBF members, supporters, beneficiaries and for the wider rail rail community.  The full statement can be seen HERE.

Members will be fully aware of the affinity we have with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.  This again has resulted in benefits for our members and for our federation’s finances.  Two other agreements I have recently reached for the benefit of members, is with Railtrail Tours and Rhino Car Hire.  Railtrail Tours provide Quality Escorted Holidays mainly by Rail and Rhino is both a national and international Car Hire organisation.
There is a link to both of these organisations on our website.  As with Fred Olsen, members can enjoy a 10% discount with both of these organisations by quoting BTPF10 when finalising your booking.

Best Regards to all.

The NPC has drafted their Housing Policy document

Click below to read or download the document


The NHS Long Term Plan and Older People briefing paper May 2019

Click below to read or download the document


We have our Annual Rededication Service at the memorial on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 14.00Hrs. This will be led by Rev Ralph Colman of the Railway Mission. A wreath will be laid and all are cordially invited to attend.

BTPF REMEMBRANCE DAY WREATH LAYING

Despite the chaotic traffic problems around the National Memorial Arboretum on the 11th. of November, that prevented many hundreds of people getting there in time to take part in the Service of Remembrance and the 2 minutes silence, the BTPF wreath laying ceremony and silence was observed by our previous Chairman and Vice President, Les McDowell at 11 o’clock precisely.
National Vice Chairman, Reg Sargeant managed to arrive at the Arboretum at 10.57 and stood to observe the 2 minutes silence with people watching the main service, before joining Les at the Railway Industry Memorial to await the arrival of others, including our Chairman, John Harrison, who had been delayed by the traffic problems.
When everyone who was able to get there, were assembled at our Memorial, our Chairman led a short service of Remembrance at which poems were read and the Lords prayer was recited.


Good news about Bus Passes in England

Free bus passes for older and disabled people protected for the future.

Government changes legislation to protect free bus travel scheme

Disabled and older people in England will continue to benefit from free off-peak bus travel for the foreseeable future, keeping them connected with their local towns and cities.
Bus passengers aged over 65 or with a disability have been entitled to travel free of charge on any off-peak local service in England since 2007, thanks to the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.
The government has now amended legislation to protect the scheme in its current format, so that it can to continue for years to come.

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
Being able to get out and about is hugely important for older and disabled people to keep their independence and play a role in their local community.
Buses help connect people, homes and businesses and nearly 10 million people in this country are already benefitting from free off-peak bus travel.
The legislation underpinning our important bus pass scheme is now set for the future, meaning this group will be able to access their local services and amenities.

For the whole Government announcement see HERE.

From H.M. Government – 10th April 2018