This is a bit of politics so forgive me if its not allowed on the forum. Moderators remove please if appropriate.
I received an email from a friend this morning alerting me to a new government proposal to save money. A petition exists if you wish to sign it.
Disbandment of the British Forces Postal System
Just how low can this Government go? Stick it to the Military because they are not unionised?
Want to save the BFPO System?
Petition to: reconsider the decision to remove British Forces Post Offices from mainland europe. | Number10.gov.uk
Please click on and sign the above petition. Though we all understand that defence cuts are to be made, this is an area which affects the families in particular. The BFPO system is the mechanism whereby post is received by our serving soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families abroad at a postal address recognised as being part of this country, no matter where in the world they are serving, even in war zones.
Amongst other things the loss of the BFPO service will disenfranchise them if they are postal voters; some credit card providers will not send cards abroad (M&S for example) whereas they will to a BFPO address; it may affect their ability to let their house whilst posted abroad, or away from home; it may take away their tax advantages such as being able to have an ISA whilst posted abroad. It will affect Open University students who have a BFPO address as they will be charged higher fees; it will potentially effect children of serving soldiers when they go to University, as they may not be eligible for student loans/fees to be paid, and will be charged higher fees as they live abroad. They will also be charged different rates for subscriptions etc as they will now have to come via local mail, and not the UK mail.
Thanks for supporting our servicemen and women together with their families in this way and please forward this email to as many of your friends as you can.