A11: Main page
This section deals with permanent transfers to another location. Temporary changes of location are classed as detached duty, and is dealt with in appendix A11.1.
As detailed in paragraph 8 of the main page of section A2 (working for us), you can be compulsorily transferred to posts in locations which are within reasonable travelling distance of your home. You may also be able to transfer in order to avoid being made compulsorily redundant (whether or not the new location is within daily travelling distance), or you may transfer voluntarily to any other location for your own reasons.
You can claim for certain reasonable expenses incurred, as follows:
a) Compulsory transfer to a location within reasonable daily travelling of your home
You are entitled to reimbursement of any additional travel costs for a period of three years.
b) Voluntary transfer to avoid being made redundant
- If your home is within reasonable daily travelling of the new location – you are entitled to reimbursement of any additional travel costs for a period of three years
- If your home is not within reasonable daily travelling of the new location – you will be expected to relocate and may claim up to £15K (refer to HMRC for tax implications) plus stamp duty (where applicable) towards the costs of relocation: this amount will be periodically reviewed. Payment will be against receipted expenses and will cover the following:
- legal fees for house sale and purchase
- relocation company fees
- removal and storage costs
- travel and subsistence in connection with looking for accommodation at your new site
- certain miscellaneous costs arising from moving fixtures, fittings and possessions (see paragraph 2.3 below)
- You may also be entitled to an advance of salary (see paragraph 2.2 below)
- If your home is within reasonable daily travelling of the new location – you are not entitled to expenses
- If your home is not within reasonable daily travelling of the new location – you will be expected to relocate and may claim up to a maximum of £8k (refer to HMRC for tax implications) plus stamp duty (where applicable) towards relocation expenses, at the discretion of the Director of the receiving establishment. You can claim for the types of expenses listed in paragraph 2.1b above.
When an individual is moving to avoid redundancy, the receiving establishment may offer an advance of salary, up to six months salary. This advance is provided to help employees maintain the same standards of accommodation that they enjoyed at their previous site and is only applicable when the move results in the individual moving to an area where housing costs are recognised to be higher than their old site. The repayment period will be determined by the establishment, taking into consideration the size of the sum advanced, but will not exceed ten years or extend beyond the length of the expected date of retirement.
These are costs that arise directly from the moving of fixtures, fittings and possessions. Examples include:
- taking down and putting up fixtures
- installation of apparatus powered by electricity or gas (including plumbing for automatic washing machine or dishwasher)
- installation of TV/radio/satellite aerials/dishes
- refitting soft fitted furnishings (e.g. curtains) or, if necessary, the net cost of buying new ones of comparable type
- re-connection of a telephone
Last updated 09/07/09
Amendment 72 - May 2009