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Hello and welcome to the online home of The British Transport Pensioners’ Federation. The B.T.P.F. provides a voice for everyone who has retired from our great railway industry and has been doing so since 1948.

There are fifty branches around the U.K. and Ireland, and members of other branches are welcome to go to their meetings, events and visits (booking may be required). Please check the BRANCHES list.

Please also note that all BTPF Branch, Council and National Meetings, Events and Visits, are all covered by our own Public Liability Insurance and must take place within current HMG guidelines.

Please visit the NEWS pages found under the “News” link on the Menu bar at top of page for latest BTPF and Branch news. Also, see the INDUSTRY NEWS page for the latest British Railways news for various media. 

Now Meet the Team

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Click a link in the Index below to jump to that information on this page

  1.  Fred.Olsen – Winter Sun, The Olsen Way – Affinity News
  2.  B.T.P.F – Vacancy for National Treasurer
  3.  News
  4.  Railway Benefit Fund – Children’s Fund
  5.  Railway Benefit Fund – SURVEY
  6.  Railway Benefit Fund – How the RBF can help
  7.  Railtrail – Rail escorted tours special offer to BTPF members
  8.  Save FREE TV for Older People
  9.  Concessionary Travel – Burden on Society or an Asset!
  10.  Website Updates – how to update information on your branch page

Fred.Olsen
Winter Sun, The Olsen Way
Now with new lower solo fares from only £811pp
AFFINITY NEWS for 17th September 2021 is HERE

Also see more from Fred. Olsen HERE

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BRITISH TRANSPORT PENSIONERS’ FEDERATION

VACANCY FOR A NATIONAL TREASURER

The BTPF was founded in 1948 when the railway industry in Britain was somewhat different to what it is today.  Our primary aim, has always been to protect the best interests of all railway people in preparing for and during retirement.  Over the years we have achieved many financial benefits for retired railway employees and their dependents, as well as improvements to their travel facilities.  We also sponsor a Director of the Railway Pension Trustee Company, who keeps members informed of trends and any forthcoming issues which may affect member’s pensions.

We are looking for an active or retired railway person to become our National Treasurer.  Definitely not an onerous job, the main tasks are accounting for the annual Capitation Fees from the Federation’s Branches, together with approximately 15 other transactions during each year.  The National Treasurer is responsible for the safe keeping of the Federation’s and Memorial Funds, and for preparing an annual Profit and Loss Account for signing off by an Independent Examiner.

The federation consists of 50 branches spread throughout the United Kingdom, with some 8,000 members.  A high element of humour abounds at all branches and within our National Group.  An accountancy background would be useful, but is by no means absolutely necessary.  Any guidance or training required, will be provided.  Please email your application to; John@Harrisonhome.Force9.co.uk or please ring 0116 2750 730 or 01825 721282 for further information.

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Head to the News Page of the website to get the latest National and local branch news from the BTPF. Go to Industry News for the latest railway-related news.

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RBF

With the school summer holidays ahead of us and the new school year around the corner it’s an expensive time ahead for parents!

Railway Benefit Fund have recently been helping families with music lessons, sports equipment, summer camps, clubs and school uniform.

The fund is available to families with a household income less than £40,000 and it is for a maximum of £300 which can make all the difference when finances are a struggle.

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SURVEY

The Rail Industry is going through some major changes and RBF need to adapt to these changes to ensure we remain relevant and current. 

We are here to support everybody in rail through difficult times so it is important for us to understand what employees past and present are going through.

We are looking for input from across the industry – from rail companies to supply chain organisations, from current workers to those who have retired.

All your opinions and perspectives are valuable to us. By gathering your thoughts we can shape our services to ensure we are providing what is really needed.

Please help us by completing this short survey of 9 questions which should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

The survey can be completed via SurveyMonkey.

You can also find information on our website – https://www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk/rbf-survey

 

HOW THE RBF CAN HELP

The RBF is the only UK charity solely dedicated to supporting current, retired and former railway employees and their families through tough times. We are proud to say we are there for all railway people.

We are not a membership based charity which means we will help anyone regardless of whether they give to us.
The RBF has a long history of giving financial grants for such things as funeral costs, white goods and household items, debt relief, mobility aids, respite and convalescence costs, home repairs and disability adaptations, rent deposits, car repairs and so on and we still do this but we now also offer: –
Legal Advice through our Law Express App
Debt and budgeting advice through our partnership with Citizens Advice Manchester
Carers’ Support Service via our dedicated support telephone line
Please explore our website www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk for further details or ring our Services Team on 0345 241 2885 Option 1 and we will be happy to assist you or email: support@railwaybenfitfund.org.uk

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE RBF
As the railway industry’s charity we are here to support all and a small monthly gift can make a huge difference to how many of our railway family we can help.

We are almost entirely funded by the generous support of current and retired employees
from those who donate £1.00pw through to a larger annual donation we are so very grateful. If you too can support us in this way then please get in contact.
Ring 0345 241 2885 Option
5 to speak to our Finance Manager or look at our website for more information.
A great way to support us is to visit and purchase from our online shop at www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk

For further information, ring our Fundraising Team on 0345 241 2885 option 4 who will be happy to help.

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** Special Offer to BTPF members **

10% Discount on UK and Continental Tours

Why not let someone else do the driving and explore superb scenery, experience excellent food, stay in quality hotels and visit stunning destinations. If that’s appealing to you, well you’re on the right track booking with Railtrail Tours

Members may use the code below (once per member) to receive 10% OFF their first ever booking with Railtrail Tours.  Codes can be used either when booking over the phone or when booking online via the website. 

NOTE:
If the member books multiple tours at the same time the code will be applied to the highest value tour

Book online at www.railtrail.co.uk
or
Telephone +44(0)1538 382323

Remember, booking online or by phone the code should be quoted as BTPF10 

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Save Free TV for Older People

Sign the petition HERE

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Concessionary Travel

Burden on Society or Valuable Asset?

by P G Rayner FCILT  FIRO Assoc. IRSE MCIM

Click HERE to read the paper (Adobe Reader necessary – get it free here)

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Website Updates

Remember – Branches, Groups, etc. OWN THE DATA on the pages
and should keep them up to date to be effective

Because of several difficulties it was agreed in 2019 that website updates should be in the form of a computer file if possible, which will allow the Website Manager and Assistant to directly copy / cut / paste exactly what is submitted, reducing errors and time to get the right results.
It should be noted that the limitations of the website edit system may change lettering styles, etc.
For those who cannot send a file, a typed or printed copy should be sent, for legibility.
The website ‘Contact‘ system is very limited and it changes layouts, etc., so should be avoided unless it’s your only available method.

Submissions should be sent via systems@btpf.org. This ensures that any of the current team can deal with them

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