Redundancy: Can I appeal?
Personnel who wish to appeal have 30 calendar days (not working days) from the date of their notification letter to submit a written appeal through the appropriate channels. BAFF understands that:
Any individual selected for compulsory redundancy, and any unsuccessful applicant for voluntary redundancy, can appeal against their selection on the grounds that the Redundancy Selection Boards:
- failed to take into account some fact which should have been considered;
- took into account some factor that should not have been considered;
- failed to follow proper procedure.
Personnel who wish to appeal have 30 calendar days (not working days) from the date of their notification letter to submit a written appeal through the appropriate channels.
All appeals will be considered by an Appeals Adjudicator, who will be an officer not previously involved in the selection or approval for redundancy of the individual concerned.
The redundancy appeals process does not prejudice an individual’s statutory right to make a Service Complaint under Section 334 of the Armed Forces Act 2006. However, the appellant would need to demonstrate that the redundancy appeal process had been exhausted before any Service complaint could be considered.
Source: House of Commons Library Standard Note SN/IA/5951 "Armed Forces Redundancies", last update 28 February 2012. This is no substitute for the relevant DINs and specific advice based on your individual circumstances, including, if appropriate, legal advice. Check your redundancy papers, DINs etc.
Realistically BAFF is unlikely to be in a position to arrange individual representation without a strong prima facie case. Collective representations may be possible if a genuine systemic failure can be demonstrated. Registered members are very welcome to contact us.
This may also be a good time to consider joining the Forces Pension Society, if you are not already a member. BAFF was not formed to replace any of the existing services charities and not-for-profit organisations, and the involvement of such an organisation or legal advisers with your case would not prevent BAFF from supporting you where requested.
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