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scaryteacher Tue 01-Sep-09 15:33:44

petitions.number10.gov.uk/SaveBFPO/sign

The BFPO is being cut at all NATO HQs bar Naples. This is to come into effect by Sept 10. Apart from being a major embuggerance, this also potentially affects the following.

Amongst other things this disenfranchises us if we are postal voters; some credit card providers will not send you cards abroad (M&S for example); it may affect the ability to let your house whilst posted abroad, or away from your home; it may take away 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 our children when they go to Uni, as they may not be eligible for student loans/fees to be paid, and will be charged higher fees as they live abroad. We will also be charged different rates for subscriptions etc as they will now have to come via local mail, and not the UK mail.

This is the thin end of the wedge, as next it may be cut to all the bases in Europe and this will affect some of you in Germany, as well as those of us who use the NATO HQ BFPOs.

Thanks

McDreamy Tue 01-Sep-09 15:39:59

Done - what a nightmare Cyprus would have been for me without BFPO!!

chegirl Tue 01-Sep-09 18:11:12

Done.

I wrote everyday to OH when he was in Gulf War 1. He only got about 1% but it made me feel better smile

hannahsaunt Tue 01-Sep-09 18:21:52

Done. What a dreadful thing to suggest! No familial connection to forces but can imagine the impact on some of our students.

Saltire Tue 01-Sep-09 18:33:10

More cost cutting I suppose

JackBauer Tue 01-Sep-09 18:54:21

Done.

geekgirl78 Tue 01-Sep-09 21:18:19

Done too. Am quietly appalled.

Anste Tue 01-Sep-09 21:42:37

Done. As an ex BFPO user I can imagine how you are feeling. Good luck.

flossie64 Tue 01-Sep-09 22:02:36

signed for myself and DH. He forgot his laptop this week ,so isn't able to go online.

scaryteacher Tue 01-Sep-09 22:15:31

I forgot to add; please forward the petition link to everyone you know who might sign it.
Thanks to those who have signed so far.

FlappyTheBat Tue 01-Sep-09 22:28:51

Done, current bfpo user and may at some point have to move overseas with dh, so would hate to see this facility disappear.

LRB978 Tue 01-Sep-09 23:00:13

An ex forces brat, I have signed and have forwarded to others as well.

GeeWhizz Wed 02-Sep-09 07:49:49

Signed up now.

weblette Wed 02-Sep-09 07:58:17

Done

rippatiggerboo Wed 02-Sep-09 09:47:09

Signed and passed around

Saltire Wed 02-Sep-09 09:56:55

Was going to put this link on my facebook profile - how do I do that?

PolarBear74 Wed 02-Sep-09 10:07:14

All done.

nickelbabe Wed 02-Sep-09 10:13:13

done.
what a short-sighted bloody stupid cost-cutting decision.

i know, let's say thanks to all the hard work that our armed forces are doing overseas and cut off all contact with their families and homes in the UK.
twats.

rippatiggerboo Wed 02-Sep-09 12:50:20

Saltire, if you search groups for BFPO cuts theres a group. Join and then share, its puts a link on your profile. I have also emailed (through FB) all my friends. (it took 10 mails as you can only mail 20 at a time lol)

Saltire Wed 02-Sep-09 14:29:57

Thanks, will have a look later

flossie64 Wed 02-Sep-09 16:18:18

I put a link on by just copying and pasting the web address ,it automatically comes up as a link then you can add a comment.

MotherOfGirls Wed 02-Sep-09 16:30:24

Signed and put it on my Facebook too. Thanks for the warning!

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