BAFF in the news (2012)
BAFF media appearances Jan-Dec 2012. For current page click here: BAFF in the news
12 - British Armed Forces Federation mentioned by Kevan Jones MP in Defence Personnel Debate in House of Commons.
03 - BAFF spokesman Adrian Weale was interviewed on Radio 5Live (with Patrick Mercer MP) and BBC Radio Wales about soldiers being given extra days off over the festive period "as a thank you" or "to save money".
20 - The House of Commons Defence Select Committee published written evidence to their inquiry into the work of the Service Complaints Commissioner, including a submission from BAFF.
08 - Adrian Weale BBC radio interviews about today's MoD consultation paper - Future Reserves 2020.
07 - The British Armed Forces Federation was quoted in a Daily Record news story about a BFG-based Army family whose child benefits for their three children have been stopped without warning or apparent reason.
26 - BAFF's Douglas Young was a panellist on Brian Taylor's Big Debate on BBC Radio Scotland. With Mary Scanlon MSP (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), David Stewart MSP (Scottish Labour) and Dave Thompson MSP (SNP). Chaired by Brian Taylor, Political Editor, BBC Scotland.
12 - The BAFF Chairman was quoted in a news report on Telegraph.co.uk about the arrests of 7 Royal Marines on muder charges relating to an alleged incident in Afghanistan in 2011.
11 - BAFF was quoted in a Daily Record story about RQMS Jason Eadie who served in the Scots Guards for 24 years and has a son suffering cerebral palsy, but has been told he faces a gruelling wait to get on the social housing ladder. According to the paper, West Lothian Council said former soldiers were "not a priority" for council housing despite the introduction of the Military Covenant into law in November last year.
17 - BAFF's Douglas Young was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme about legal changes which mean that, from Sep 24, the new Chief Coroner of England and Wales will have the power to recommend that investigations into the death of service personnel be transferred to Scotland for a Fatal Accident Inquiry.
14 - We understand that the BAFF Chairman was interviewed on BBC London at breakfast time about the London Olympics 2012 and a story in today's Guardian newspaper.
09 - BAFF spokespeople Weale and Young have been giving reactions to reported administrative failures leading to the retention of a relatively small number of tissue samples and body parts under the responsibility of the Special Investigation Branch (SIB), without the required liaison with the relevant next of kin. See: BAFF reactions to reported retention of body parts.
30 - The BAFF Chairman was interviewed on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme about the recent DIN on 'Contact With Parliamentarians', and calls by SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson MP for military personnel to be afforded the same whistleblowing rights as other workers.
15 - The British Armed Forces Federation was mentioned in a Scottish Government announcement about responses to its referendum consultation.
14 - BAFF's Douglas Young took part in a discussion on the BBC's Newsweek Scotland programme with Steven Raeburn, editor of Scottish legal magazine, The Firm, about legal aspects of the employment of service personnel on security duties at the Olympics.
06 - BAFF's Adrian Weale was interviewed on the Good Morning Wales programme about yesterday's Army 2020 announcement and the future of the reserves.
05 - BAFF's Adrian Weale was interviewed on Radio 5 Live about today's Army 2020 announcement.
05 - The BAFF Chairman was interviewed on the Good Morning Scotland programme ahead of the Army 2020 announcement.
01 - The Sunday Telegraph carried a letter from the BAFF Chairman, in response to an earlier correspondent following the Queen's Birthday Parade, about Her Majesty's medals and those of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
28 - The latest newsletter from EUROMIL, the European Organisation of Military Associations, includes an article by BAFF Chairman Douglas Young on The British Armed Forces Federation and the Scottish Independence Referendum. BAFF currently has Observer status with EUROMIL.
27 - The Daily Record had a comment piece by the BAFF Chairman, attached to a story about a new report by Citizens Advice Scotland. Entitled Civvy Street: The New Front Line, the report highlights the complex needs many in the Armed Forces and veterans' community have. It also highlights how the Armed Forces Advice Project (ASAP) is making a difference. ASAP has been included in BAFF's weblinks since 2011.
26 - BAFF's Douglas Young was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme about the House of Commons Defence Committee's 2nd report on The Armed Forces Covenant in Action - Service Accommodation.
22 - BAFF's Douglas Young was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme about speculation concerning the future of Scottish infantry battalions.
17 - BAFF's Adrian Weale was quoted in an Independent on Sunday report, Troops' injury claims show 20-fold rise.
23 - The BAFF Chairman made a 'balanced' contribution to a discussion on 'Good Morning Scotland', ahead of a Westminster Hall debate secured by Pete Wishart MP on the future of Scottish-recruited regiments.
09 - BAFF's Adrian Weale was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales's Good Morning Wales programme about an investigation by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales into healthcare for veterans in the principality.
09 - Adrian Weale was also quoted in two online BBC news articles:
- Forces veterans' and families health care is examined in Welsh government report
- Call for forums to oversee military personnel's health care
09 - BAFF was quoted in a Daily Record story about impending cuts to the Regular Army and ministerial comments playing down the importance of regimental names within the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
09 - The BAFF Chairman was interviewed about predicted Scottish infantry cuts on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme.
10 - The BAFF Chairman was quoted in a Daily Record story about veterans suffering from combat stress.
05 - Various media and websites quote the British Armed Forces Federation's response to the Scotland Office consultation on arrangements for a Scottish independence referendum. See Scotland independence referendum consultation closes 11 May.
13 - BAFF was quoted in a Daily Telegraph story - Armed forces pay cuts "damaging morale"
27 - A BAFF spokesman was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales about the new accommodation to be provided for families visiting service personnel being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
24 - British Armed Forces Federation mentioned on BBC Democracy Live - Armed forces and Scottish referendum.
22 - BAFF Chairman Douglas Young, author of Silence in the Ranks, was interviewed on BBC1's Sunday Politics show about participation by service voters in the proposed Scotttish independence referendum. Also shown on BBC Parliament channel.
17 - A BAFF spokesman was interviewed on BBC Radio WM (Birmingham and West Midlands) about today's Tranche 2 armed forces redundancy announcement.
06 - A BAFF spokesman was interviewed on BBC Radio Foyle (Londonderry) about appropriate aspects arising from the discovery of an explosive device in the car of a soldier reportedly visiting North Belfast.
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